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Artists as Writers: Harris, Lawren

Artist Biography


(Lawren Harris, Wikimedia Commons)

HARRIS, Lawren (1885 - 1970)

Areas of Expertise

Painting, Landscape Painting, Abstract Art, Canadian Art

Biography

Lawren Stewart Harris, painter (born 23 October 1885 in Brantford, ON; died 29 January 1970 in Vancouver, BC). Lawren Harris was the catalyst and leader in the creation of the Group of Seven, founding member and first president of the Canadian Group of Painters, and the painter who influenced Jock Macdonald and through him, other Toronto painters to paint abstractly. Harris had a profound influence on three generations of artists in Canada.

(Biography from The Canadian Encyclopedia)

Online Resources

Writing by Lawren Harris

Please note that not all works are available through the OCADU library. To acquire one of these works through Interlibrary Loan or other means, please contact the library for assistance.

  • Writing about his own art
  • Writing about art
  • Poetry

Lawren Harris: Writing about his own art

The Story of the Group of Seven. Rous & Mann,1964.  Available at OCADU Library.

The Best of the Group of Seven.  Lawren Harris and Joan Murray.  Hurtig Publishers, 1984. Available at OCADU Library.

Lawren Harris: Writing about art

Articles in Canadian Art

  • LeMoine FitzGerald - Western Artist
  • An Essay on Abstract Painting
  • What the Public Wants
  • The Group of Seven in Canadian History
  • Community Art Centres - A Growing Movement
  • Reconstruction Through the Arts
  • The Federal Arts Commission
  • George Douglas Pepper
  • A Debate on Public Gallery Policy

"Hemmings Black and White," The Lamps (Toronto), vol. I, no. 1 (October 1911), p. II.

"Revelation of Art in Canada," The Canadian Theosophist, vol. VII, no. 5 (15 July 1926), pp. 85-86.

"Creative Art and Canada," The McGill News (Supplement), vol. 10, no. I (December 1928), p. 9.

"Winning a Canadian Background," Canadian Bookman, vol. v, no. 2 -(February 1923), p. 37.

"The Federation of Canadian Artists," Canadian Review of Music and Art, vol. III, nos 5-6 (June-July 1944), p. 31.

"The Paintings and Drawings of Emily Carr," Emily Carr: Her Paintings and Sketches (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1945), p. 20.

"Revelation of Art in Canada" (1926), pp.85-86.

"Modem Art and Aesthetic Reactions," Canadian Forum, vol. VII, no. 80 (May 1927), pp. 240-241.

"The Nudes at the C. N. E.," Canadian Forum, vol. VIII, no. 85 (October 1927), p. 391.

The Story of the Group of Seven. Rous & Mann,1964.  Available at OCADU Library.

The Best of the Group of Seven.  Lawren Harris and Joan Murray.  Hurtig Publishers, 1984. Available at OCADU Library.

Lawren Harris: Poetry

Lawren Harris: contrasts : in the ward-- a book of poetry and paintings.  Exile editions, 2012.  Available at OCADU Library.