“The Pines” by Lawren S. Harris

  • The Pines by Lawren Harris

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Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne
Located on site at Miss Nelle's Antique Cafe
Sponsored by: The Baysville Community Group

This Harris painting, like many of his works, has a fun and whimsical nature to it. The trees are rounded and stylized, as well as the clouds and hillsides. The grey cloud in the middle of the sky actually helps keep the eye from moving off the canvas. In terms of composition, this is a brilliant trick, for without it the eye would follow the tall trees right out and off of the painting. That grey cloud moves the viewers eye across the painting at the crucial time just before the eye leaves the canvas. It leads the viewer to the lighter coloured hill in the background, which in turn brings you back to the bottom of the painting where the eye starts again.

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  • Address 2 Bay St, Baysville ON
  • Category Lawren S. Harris
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Artist Name : Lawren S. Harris

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Lawren S. Harris (1885-1970) was born into a very wealthy family in Brantford, Ontario; the cofounders of the Massey-Harris farming equipment company. This wealth gave him the ability to focus solely on his studies and future as an artist, without the confines of full time employment. Harris studied art in Germany from 1904-1907, and upon returning to Canada wanted to bring the European influences he had experienced to the modern Canadian art world. This idea was shared by his friend and fellow member of the Toronto Arts and Letters Club, J.E.H. MacDonald. The two men realized they had similar goals and art ideals and their friendship would be the driving force behind the Group of Seven. His wealth gave him the ability to help his fellow artists, Thomson and Jackson, both of whom he supported financially for some time to allow them to explore their artistic talents without the worry of paying bills. He also occasionally sponsored paintings trips for the group of painters to remote areas of Canada to capture the country on canvas.

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