"Mount LeFroy" Poster in Decorative Frame by Lawren S. Harris 18.375" x 16"
From our Poster Collection, we present this beautiful Lawren S. Harris painting. Enhance any room with this iconic piece of Canadian art history or collect all our Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Tom Thomson and Emily Carr, to affordably decorate your entire home or office with distinctive Canadian art.
Of his subject "Mount LeFroy" Lawren S. Harris stated, "When I first saw the mountains, travelled through them, I was most discouraged. Nowhere did they measure up to the advertising folders, or to the conception these had formed in my mind's eye. But, after I became better acquainted with the mountains, camped and tramped and lived among them, I found a power and majesty and a wealth of experience at nature's summit which no travel-folder ever expressed." If we view a great mountain soaring into the sky, it may excite us, evoke an uplifted feeling within us. There is an interplay of something we see outside of us with our inner response. The artist takes that response and its feelings and shapes it on canvas with paint so that when finished it contains the experience."
Harris did indeed capture that awesome power and majesty in this stunning work of art he painted in 1930. Feel the majesty of nature in your home with this poster of Mount Lefroy, a mountain on the Continental Divide, at the border of Alberta and British Columbia in western Canada. The mountain is located on the eastern side of Abbot Pass which separates Lake Louise in Banff National Park from Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park.
"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 art 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." Megan Bice, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Printed on 100lb. FSC certified cover paper stock, with careful attention to color and quality, our posters capture the artist’s original intent by creating a rich, vivid product. Poster image measures 20" x 16" framed in your choice of Classic Black or Cappuccino Decorative Frame—measurement overall 22-7/8" x 18-7/8"
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About Lawren S. Harris (1885 - 1970) Read our blog post about Lawren S. Harris.
Born in Brantford, Ontario, into a wealthy, conservative and religious family, co-founders of Massey-Harris, Lawren Harris enjoyed much privilege in his youth. This enabled him to concentrate on his painting. At the age of nineteen he travelled to Germany, where he studied for three years. He returned home to serve in the army and taught musketry at Camp Borden, Ontario.
Following his discharge from the army, Harris organized the first of what were to become the famed boxcar trips to Algoma, Ontario. The last of these trips took place in 1921, when Harris and A.Y. Jackson went to the North Shore of Lake Superior. There, Harris encountered a stark and bare landscape – one that was ideally suited to the new direction of his work.
Harris is credited with being most responsible for the formation of the Group of Seven.
As A.Y. Jackson claimed: "Without Harris there would have been no Group of Seven. He provided the stimulus; it was he who encouraged us to always take the bolder course, to find new trails."
Harris's art reflected his interest in Theosophy and Biology and his search for deeper spiritual meaning.
Lawren Harris is buried in the small cemetery on the McMichael gallery grounds.