The Idea of North

The Idea of North

By: Steve Martin, Cynthia Burlingham, Andrew Hunter

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This generously illustrated book examines the most significant period in the work of Lawren Harris, who was central to defining a distinctive Canadian art in the 20th century. Sparse landscapes of Lake Superior's northern shores, bold
visions of the Rocky Mountains and haunting landscapes from
the Eastern Arctic are hallmark themes of Lawren Harris's
paintings. He was a founding member of the renowned "Group of
Seven" artists' group, who believed that the Canadian landscape
was central to the foundation of a national identity. Focusing
on Harris's most important work of the 1920s through the early
1930s, this monograph features a selection of major works
that are as iconic in Canada as those of Georgia O'Keeffe and
Edward Hopper in the U.S. His remarkable use of color, light, and
composition resulted in powerful scenes that reflect his progress
toward a universal vision of nature's spiritual power. Drawn
from the Art Gallery of Ontario's substantial holdings as well
as other public collections throughout Canada, this publication
repositions Harris's work and establishes him as major figure
within the wider context of 20th-century modern painting in the

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