Lawren S. Harris

Abstract Sketch

1936
The vertical forms seen in Lawren Harris's "Abstract Sketch" reference elements of the landscape - trees, rocky cliffs, and thrusting mountain peaks - yet they also mark a significant shift in his work, from an emphasis on the organic forms of the land to what appear to be the architectonic forms of the built environment. The colour palette, with its deep brown hues, ties the work to the earth while the bright whites clearly relate to the sense of Northern purity captured in Harris's Arctic works. This composition of totemic forms and subdued palette also recalls Emily Carr's dense forest views of the early 1930s. Harris met Carr in 1927, and the two subsequently formed a close, enduring friendship.
Title
Abstract Sketch
Date
1936
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on beaverboard
Dimensions
37.9 x 30.2 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1973
Accession number
17614

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