Featured Painting: Lawren Harris, Spring in the Outskirts, 1922

Featured Painting: Lawren Harris, Spring in the Outskirts, 1922

In 1918, while recovering from his recent nervous breakdown, Lawren Harris began to focus on a new architectural subject: recently constructed houses in Toronto’s unplanned, blue-collar suburbs. Located just outside city limits, these unregulated settlements were widely known as “shacktowns.” In 1920, one art critic described the artist as the “first man in Canada . . . to glorify shacks.” A favorite suburban area for Harris was Earlscourt, a rural neighbourhood that had been under incremental development since 1906.

Featured Painting: Lawren Harris, A Row of Houses, Wellington Street

Featured Painting: Lawren Harris, A Row of Houses, Wellington Street

A Row of Houses, Wellington Street is Lawren Harris’ first major canvas depicting downtown Toronto housing. Signed and dated “L S H ’10” on the face of the picture, a faint inscription on the back of the original stretcher, retained and now attached to the current one reads “Street Painting I.” The site can be identified. On the city’s 1880 fire insurance map, the row of six adjoined, two-and-half story brick dwellings was named “St Catharine’s Terrace” and was located on the north side of Wellington Street West between Dorset and John Streets.

Featured Painting: Lawren Harris, Rock and Hill (Lake Superior Sketch CXXXII) 1922

Featured Painting: Lawren Harris, Rock and Hill (Lake Superior Sketch CXXXII) 1922

Rock and Hill may depict the same hillock as Morning Sun over Hill, Lake Superior, though here the light is clear, the foreground rocks more assertive and the lighter colours are darkly outlined asserting their sculptural form. The naked trunks reach up to the top of the frame, creating a vertical and horizontal rhythm. Water, is glimpsed centre left where the clouds are painted with Harris’ characteristic stylization.

Update: LAWREN HARRIS & CANADIAN MASTERS – Historic Sale Celebrating Canada’s 150 Years

Update: LAWREN HARRIS & CANADIAN MASTERS – Historic Sale Celebrating Canada’s 150 Years

From April 1, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery will present a historic selection of rare and important paintings by Lawren S. Harris and Canadian masters, including Albert H. Robinson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Clarence Gagnon, A.Y. Jackson & others.

Historic Sale Features Lawren Harris’ First Major Canvas of Downtown Toronto Housing

Historic Sale Features Lawren Harris’ First Major Canvas of Downtown Toronto Housing

Lawren Harris’ iconic painting, A Row of Houses, Wellington Street, 1910, is among the works featured in our April 1 sale, Lawren Harris & Canadian Masters: Historic Sale Celebrating Canada’s 150 Years.

LAWREN HARRIS & CANADIAN MASTERS – Historic Sale Celebrating Canada’s 150 Years

LAWREN HARRIS & CANADIAN MASTERS – Historic Sale Celebrating Canada’s 150 Years

From April 1, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery will present a historic selection of rare and important paintings by Lawren S. Harris and Canadian masters, including Albert H. Robinson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Clarence Gagnon, A.Y. Jackson & others.

December 5 – Important Canadian Art Exhibition & Sale

December 5 – Important Canadian Art Exhibition & Sale

Lawren Harris (1885-1970) | Rocks, Spruce and Hill, Lake Superior, c. 1922 Featuring works by Lawren Harris, James Wilson Morrice, A.Y. Jackson, Edwin Holgate, Yves Gaucher and others. On Thursday, December 5, [] will be opening an online exhibition of our latest releases of Important Canadian Art. This special exhibition and sale will be posted […]

December 5 Important Canadian Art Exhibition & Sale – Invitation to Sell or Consign

Maximize value with a financial guarantee By selling to/through Klinkhoff in our December 5 exhibition and sale, you: sell with little competition from comparable works available elsewhere which may distract potential buyers (e.g. when auction catalogues flood the market with supply!) receive a financial guarantee representing the amount of money you will net.* receive payment […]

July 25 – Important Canadian Art Exhibition & Sale

Featuring works by James Wilson Morrice, A.Y. Jackson, Philip Surrey, Adrien Hebert and others. On Thursday, July 25, [] will be opening an online exhibition of our latest releases of Important Canadian Art. This special exhibition and sale will be posted on klinkhoff.com at approximately 12pm, with select works on view at the gallery. Please […]

July 25 Important Canadian Art Exhibition & Sale – Invitation to Sell or Consign

Maximize value with a financial guarantee By selling to/through Klinkhoff in our July 25 exhibition and sale, you: sell with little competition from comparable works available elsewhere which may distract potential buyers (e.g. when auction catalogues flood the market with supply!) receive a financial guarantee representing the amount of money you will net.* receive payment […]