Lawren Stewart Harris, Morning, Lake Superior

After painting cityscapes at the beginning of his career, Harris found the mystical landscape that he had long been seeking in the scenery north of Lake Superior (the largest of the Great Lakes). The real subject of this painting is the vast sky above the lake and the implacable light that emanates from it like a revelation. From this standpoint, the islands and the rocks do not have any more substance than the enormous clouds above them. Harris considered the bracing northern air to be like the ‘Spirit’ blowing over America. He was a theosophist and attempted through his work to link the everyday with the mystical world. After 1921, Harris ceased to date his works, believing that his art should transcend time.
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The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
c. 1921
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