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North Shore, Lake Superior, 1926

Lawren S. Harris
Canadian, 1885 - 1970
oil on canvas
102.2 x 128.3 cm
Purchased 1930
National Gallery of Canada (no. 3708)
© family of Lawren S. Harris

In the fall of 1921, accompanied by A.Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris made his first trip to the north shore of Lake Superior. The region's dramatic, primordial landscape would lure him back to paint for the next seven years. Through the central image of a strongly lit, solitary tree, blasted smooth and clean by the forces of nature, the artist sought to convey the underlying spirit and universal principles found in the northern Canadian landscape.

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