Clouds, Lake Superior (c. 1923) by Lawren Harris

Clouds, Lake Superior - Lawren Harris - c. 1923

Artwork Information

TitleClouds, Lake Superior
ArtistLawren Harris
Datec. 1923
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions86.5 x 102 cm (34 x 40 1/4 in.)
Current LocationMacdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Canada
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About Clouds, Lake Superior

Lawren Harris, a famous Canadian artist, produced numerous paintings of landscapes in the Lake Superior region, which were influenced by his frequent travels to the area with fellow artists. He sought to capture spiritual beauty and sacredness in his paintings instead of realism. One of his most remarkable works is “North Shore, Lake Superior,” which depicts an abstracted and stylized landscape inspired by Art Deco graphics. Harris’s painting style evolved from Impressionist-influenced decorative landscapes to stark images of the northern landscape depicted through geometric abstractions.

In around 1923, Harris created “Clouds, Lake Superior,” a painting that showcases his artistic vision, depicting the grandeur and magnificence of nature beyond its realistic form. His style involves simplification of color and composition, often employing geometric forms to create an abstracted view of the scene.

This artwork encapsulates the grandeur present at Lake Superior’s north shore with its huge clouds hanging over majestic mountainsides and glaciers in bold shades containing minimalistic details. Through this painting, Lawren captures the mystical connection between movement and atmosphere as it creates a synthesizing visual effect on both earth elements (rocks) and those up above (clouds). The painting reflects how Lawren perceived existence: beyond physical forms towards something more profound—an exploration into ourselves by looking outwardly into nature.

Overall “Clouds, Lake Superior” exemplifies Lawren Harris’s signature style at its peak; a departure from conventional art formats while still portraying natural content exceptionally well.

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