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The artist takes that response and its feelings and shapes it on canvas with paint so that when finished it contains the experience.Lawren Harris (1885-1970) was a renown Canadian artist and pioneering modernist who profoundly influenced the history of painting in Canada.Harris's work from the 1920's on is similar to O' Keeffe's in both scale and style.Both O' Keeffe and Harris simplified and stylized the shapes of the forms they saw in nature.Artist Proofs can be particularly desirable to collect because of their rarity and especially in the case of working trial proofs, which represent a record of the work in process.Especially in the case of dead artists, they can be the only evidence of the artist's incremental development of an image. By the late 1960s artists and publishers added such refinements as editions A 1/100, B 1/100, C 1/100, etc., and editions for various countries or continents (where numbers would duplicate the other editions).His work has been recently introduced to the American public by guest curator Steve Martin, the well-known actor, writer, comedian, and musician, along with the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Ontario Museum, in an exhibit titled The exhibit first showed at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and is currently being shown through June 12, 2016 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA.It includes approximately thirty paintings of northern landscapes Harris did during the 1920s and 1930s while a member of the Group of Seven, encompassing one of the most important periods of his career.
He founded the Group of Seven in 1920, which dissolved in 1933 and became the Canadian Group of Painters.Harris also lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, home to O' Keeffe, for a time, where he worked with Dr.Emil Bisttram, leader of the Transcendental Painting Group, which Harris also helped found in 1939.(3) Both Harris and O' Keefe were also interested in eastern philosophy, spiritual mysticism and theosophy, a form of philosophical or religious thought based on mystical insight into the nature of God.Harris began to simplify and reduce the forms to the point of complete abstraction in later years following the dissolution of the Group of Seven in 1933, searching for the universal in simplicity of form."His paintings have been criticized as being cold, but, in fact, they reflect the depth of his spiritual involvement." (5) Harris's paintings prove yet again that it is always better to see the actual original painting in person.