Saturday, October 12, 2019

Of Vivid Imagination

I left off yesterday with a wider view of these three paintings by Group of Seven member Lawren Harris. The first is North Shore, Lake Superior, a 1926 painting. Harris had travelled with A.Y. Jackson to the region for the first time in 1921, and it made an impression.

Pic Island, Lake Superior was done in 1924.

Lake Superior, Sketch No. 63 is circa 1926, a quick sketch Harris painted out in the environs. It was typical of the Group to paint these sketches in the field and then over the winters to paint a larger work in their studios. 

Another Harris painting is here. Greenland Mountains dates to 1930, a time when he visited the Arctic.

North Shore, Baffin Island II is from that time as well, a 1931 painting by Harris depicting the landscape of the Canadian far north.

I mentioned in yesterday's post how Emily Carr was associated with the group. Some of her paintings are here in the background. Much of her work was focused on the First Nations in the Pacific Northwest, and so it is fitting that some of her work shares space with the dramatic art and craftsmanship of First Nation artists.

Moving on from the circle of the Group of Seven, I came across other works. Pegi Nichol MacLeod painted this oil painting in 1935. It is titled A Descent Of Lilies.

For today I conclude with two paintings by the same artist, Lilias Torrance Newton, set together. 

Portrait Of Frances Loring dates to around 1942.

Her self portrait dates to around 1929.


  1. Very nice pictures!
    The self portrait from Frances Loring it's like a photo.

  2. I've liked almost everything I've seen from this group of artists.

  3. Those dramatic images of the north in some ways helped to cement Canadian identity.

  4. ...imagination is something that is lacking by many these days!

  5. Harris's work is so distinctive. I can identify it and really like it.

  6. The paintings by Lawren Harris are wonderful. I like the style very much.

  7. Hello,

    I love the beautiful landscapes, lovely artwork! Enjoy your day! Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. have a super great weekend. that it might be what you wish for. ( ;

  9. I really like the Harris paintings. There is something about them that is very appealing.

  10. @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Ella: it does.

    @John: they were great.

    @David: I agree.

    @Tom: true.

    @Anvilcloud: I can too.

    @Marleen: so do I.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Beth: thanks.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Sharon: definitely.

  11. I really like the Harris paintings. Thanks for sharing them with me. :-)

  12. He has his own painting style which is good. I like it.

  13. Harris has such an interesting and unique painting style -- you can tell right away whose it is. I'm glad you are sharing more of this group of seven -- I really find them interesting.

  14. Great to see the evolution of art in Canada...beautiful works!

  15. I really like Lauren Harris work with it's clean flowing lines.

  16. @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Gattina: so do I.

    @Jeanie: thank you.

    @RedPat: I do too.

    @Barbara: that they are.

    @Maywyn: very much so.

    @Red: me too.

    @Iris: I do as well.

    @MB: that they are.

    @Gracita: thanks!

    @Happyone: definitely.

  17. Lawren Harris's work is absolutely beautiful

  18. I think I've mentioned before that Emily Carr has a big presence in Victoria, including a sculpture of her on a street corner near the Fairmont Empress Hotel, and her residence (which I've yet to visit). I really like the way Harris treats light. Fine work.

  19. Your posts certainly make one long to visit Ottawa.

  20. Fascinating post and photos about the Group of Seven ~ love their artistic style ~

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  21. Wonderful paintings especially the Lauren Harris set. Very evocative of the North West.

  22. The first painting so absolutely stunning. Superior I think!I also liked the Decent of Lilies, a different style altogether, but it too captured my attention.
    Being able to be taken on a private tour of a gallery so far away is such a brilliant idea. Really enjoying these posts.

  23. All these pictures are in simple frames. I wonder if they are selected by the artists, or the curators. I find each of the pictures compelling.

  24. Amazing work. Thank you for bringing it to us.

  25. I like both the,Le lighthouse and the lady with the clothes basket....I remember hanging clothes out to dry.

  26. All excellent paintings William, the last three appeal to me the most ✨

  27. @Bill: it is!

    @Kay: I'd love to see those places someday.

    @Rockinon: thank you!

    @Carol: so do I.

    @Parsnip: quite so.

    @Gemel: I enjoy getting out to this gallery on a fairly regular basis.

    @Joanne: sometimes it's either way in the choice of frames.

    @Magiceye: you're welcome.

    @Joan: thank you.

    @Marie: definitely.

    @Janey: I've done so too.

    @Jennifer: that is quite true.

    @Grace: thank you!

  28. I really like the style of the Lawren Harris art.

  29. Those first five paintings are amazing, quite dramatic!

    All the best Jan