Lawren Harris's search for "a deeper and more universal expression" took him farther afield not only geographically but also artistically, eventually to a complete abstraction. His first visit to the Rockies was in 1924; it was a journey he repeated annually for the next three years…. His paintings of the mountains and of icebergs show the realization of his painterly and religious ideals: the landscape is simplified to its basic forms, dominant and massive. In Mt. Lefroy the diagonal lines of the mountain's shape draw the viewer's eye toward the white peak and the light surrounding it. [Harris’ works of demonstrate his theosophical beliefs] in which the purity of truth is compared to a white ray of light; blues indicate various states of religious feeling, and clarity of outline and shapes such as the pyramid reflect the spiritual state.1

1Megan Bice, "Lawren Harris," The McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg: The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1989) 49.


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