He was born on October 23, 1885 in Brantford, Ontario. Harris is the eldest member of the group. He was born into a wealthy family.
Harris became friends with J.E.H. MacDonald in 1911, and together they formed the Group of Seven. Harris, and friend Dr. James MacCallum, funded the construction and use of a studio where artists could work and live either cheaply or for free.
An interesting fact about Harris’ career, is that at one point he stopped signing his paintings, and dating them. He did this because he wanted the public to judge his work on their own merit, not who it was painted by or when it was painted.
Harris passed away on January 29, 1970, at age 84, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
On May 29, 2001, Harris’ Baffin Island painting was sold for $2.2 million, a record at the time. His Algoma Hill was stored in the back-room closet in a Toronto hospital for years, and was forgotten until a cleaning staff worker found it! The hospital sold it to the Sotheby’s auction in 2005 – where it was bought for $1.3 million.
For more information about Lawren Harris, you can go to CBC Archives (don’t forget to view the video), and then Art Country Canada.com for a gallery of his work, and lastly, there’s the McMichael.com.
- Group of Seven … or is that ten? (tkmorin.wordpress.com)
- Lawren Harris, or, Landscape Painting is Okay I Guess (rbcasmyth.wordpress.com)
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