Lighthouse, Father Point (1930) by Lawren Harris

Lighthouse, Father Point - Lawren Harris - 1930

Artwork Information

TitleLighthouse, Father Point
ArtistLawren Harris
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions107.9 x 128.1 cm (42 3/8 x 50 3/8 in.)
Current LocationNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

About Lighthouse, Father Point

Lawren Harris completed the oil painting “Lighthouse, Father Point” in 1930. This piece represented a lighthouse located near Rimouski, Quebec, on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. A member of Canada’s Group of Seven art movement, Harris was an innovator of Canadian landscape painting.

In this picture, Harris idealized and meticulously delineated the structure to embody transcendence in his signature style. It is considered one of his most iconic works and a notable example of Canadian art history.

Throughout the early 1920s until 1933, Harris created a significant body of work that helped shape Canadians’ national identity with its portrayal of rugged landscapes that typified Canada’s vast wilderness.

The painting not only represents Harris’s distinct artistic vision but also also highlights the unique beauty and iconic landmarks found throughout Canada’s landscape. In summary, With ‘Lighthouse, Father Point,’ Lawren Harris brought to life one such icon – this awe-inspiring lighthouse set against Quebec’s stunning scenery – in what has gone down as an unparalleled masterpiece in Canadian artistic heritage.

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