The Work: Lake Superior Sketch LXI
The Artist: Lawren Harris
Lake Superior Sketch LXI, circa 1926 ~ 1928
Oil on board
on verso signed, titled on a label and inscribed with the Doris Mills inventory #4/61 and "#1680"
12 x 15 in 30.5 x 38.1cm
Estate of Charles E. (Chick) Hendry, Dean of the University of Toronto School of Social Work
By descent to the present Private Collection, United Kingdom and Canada
Estimate: $500,000 and $700,000
The Heffel Fine Art Auction Houser, May, 2014
Sale Price: $973,500
A painting by Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris fetched just under $1 million Wednesday at the Heffel Fine Art auction in Vancouver.
Harris' work, entitled Lake Superior Sketch LXI, sold for $973,500 to surpass the pre-auction estimate of between $500,000 and $700,000. Another painting by the Brantford, Ont., native, The Old Stump, sold for more than $3.5 million at a Heffel auction in 2009. ($3,510,000 CAD - including Buyer's Premium)
One painting topped the $1 million mark. Pleine saison by Jean Paul Riopelle was auctioned for $1.3 million, more than double the pre-sale estimate.
Eight Emily Carr lots, which included rare, early illustrations, sold for a combined $1.5 million at the Vancouver Convention Centre. One of her paintings, entitled Trees in Swirling Sky, was expected to sell in the $225,000 range, but sold for $590,000.
Other highlights included Jack Bush's Temple selling for $438,750 — well above the pre-sale maximum estimate of $175,000.
Michael Snow's Solar more than doubled its pre-auction estimate of up to $60,000 by selling for $129,800, a record for the artist.
Two lots by Quebec artist Jean Paul Lemieux collected $494,325, led by La Quebecoise, which sold for $442,500.
E.J. Hughes' painting called Looking South Over Sooke Harbour beat the high end of the pre-sale estimate of $150,000 and sold for $212,400.
And there was one oil painting by Edwin Holgate, titled Grand Manan, which sold for a modest $12,000. It was recently bought at a garage sale for just $2.
The Heffel Fine Art Auction House says the $9.7 million in sales Wednesday night surpassed pre-sale estimates of $6 to $8 million. Sales figures include an 18 per cent buyer's premium.
- The Associated Press - Posted: May 29, 2014
Lawren Harris (Lawren Stewart Harris) ALC BCSFA CGP FCA G7 OSA RPS TPG
Born: October 23, 1885, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Died: January 29, 1970 (aged 84), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
He was a Canadian painter. He was born in Brantford, Ontario and is best known as a member the Group of Seven who pioneered a distinctly Canadian painting style in the early twentieth century. A. Y. Jackson has been quoted as saying that Harris provided the stimulus for the Group of Seven. During the 1920s, Harris's works became more abstract and simplified, especially his stark landscapes of the Canadian north and Arctic. He also stopped signing and dating his works so that people would judge his works on their own merit and not by the artist or when they were painted.
In 1969 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.
In 1918 and 1919, Harris with J. E. H. MacDonald financed boxcar trips for the artists of the Group of Seven to the Algoma region. Another painting trip after Algoma was to Lake Superior's North Shore with A.Y. Jackson. Harris was so passionate about the North Shore and fascinated by the theosophical concept of nature, he returned annually for the next seven years. There he developed the style he is best known for. Harris’s paintings in the early 1920s were characterized by rich, decorative colours that were applied thick, in painterly impasto. He painted landscapes around Toronto, Georgian Bay and Algoma. His first trip to the Rockies in 1924 soon became annual, too, for the next three years. In 1930, Harris’s landscape paintings became simplified as he sailed with A.Y. Jackson aboard a supply ship. Several members of the Group of Seven later became members of the Canadian Group of Painters including Harris, A. J. Casson, Arthur Lismer, A. Y. Jackson, and Franklin Carmichael.
Title: The Old Stump, Lake Superior >
Oil on board 1926
on verso signed, titled on the artist's label Old Stump, Lake Superior Sketch, 144 and titled variously on several museum exhibition labels and inscribed "C.S. Band" in graphite on the artist's label
12 x 15 in 30.5 x 38.1cm
Collection of the Artist
Charles S. Band, Toronto, acquired from the above in 1946
Estate of Helen E. Band, Toronto