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Abstract Painting, 1950

Lawren S. Harris
Canadian, 1885 - 1970
oil on masonite
73.5 x 79.2 cm
Gift in memory of Aurelie Forbes Stratford, 1991
National Gallery of Canada (no. 36165)

In "Abstract Painting", Harris continues to explore the ideas of "Nature Rhythms". Here, a dark mountain form is mirrored by a similar bright yellow one. A serpentine line unifies and binds the two. The forms appear to float or emerge from a point on the horizon line of a rippled sea, presenting the viewer with a sense of the land, sea, and sky created by the movement of the dynamic forces of nature. The work is a sketch for one of Harris's most significant large abstract paintings, "Northern Image" of 1952, held in the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery collection at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

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