Lawren Stewart Harris
Born in Brantford, Ontario in 1885. Died in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1970. From his early youth, Lawren Harris showed a keen interest in drawing. When he was 18, he left for Berlin, where he studied art for four years. He then travelled to the Middle East (Palestine and Arabia). After returning to Toronto in 1910, he met J.E.H. MacDonald and the other members of the future Group of Seven. From 1917 to 1922, he could be found every autumn in Algoma and around Lake Superior. From 1924 on, he worked in the Rockies and, beginning in 1930, in the Arctic. Gradually, his art became increasingly abstract and he became the leader of the Transcendental Group of Painters in 1939. His belief in theosophy is linked to his shift towards non-figurative art. Unlike the other members of the Group of Seven, Harris came from a well-to-do family and could work as a painter full time without worrying about material matters.
National Archives of Canada PA-190452
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