Inward Journey

Inward Journey

The Life of Lawren Harris

Book - 2012
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The first complete biography ever published of Group of Seven artist and spokesman Lawren Harris. Lawren Harris (1885-1970) is among the most iconic of Canadian artists. Harris was an outspoken defender of modernism, and a very private person. In this gripping, sympathetic account, James King writes about Harris' public persona as the spokesman for the Group of Seven as well as his championship of Canadian art and artists. Born to great wealth, Harris spent much of his existence selflessly promoting Canadian painting and the interests of his fellow artists. But Harris' own personal struggle to become an artist was long and complex, and he was beset by much turmoil throughout his life. When, early in 1930, he achieved his creative peak - in paintings such as North of Lake Superior - he turned his back on representational art and spent the remainder of his career becoming an abstract painter. Harris' unhappy first marriage, his flight to New Hampshire and New Mexico, his sometimes overbearing attitude towards younger artists, and the full magnitude of his inner struggles are all dealt with fully in this sensitive, engaging narrative that captures the complexity of the man behind the mask.

Publisher: Toronto : Thomas Allen Publishers, c2012.
ISBN: 9781771022064
Characteristics: xxv, 357 p. :,ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ;,24 cm.


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Mar 10, 2018

Born in Brantford, Ontario (1885) - Lawren Harris ranks right up there as being my very favourite Canadian landscape painter of the impressive "Group of Seven". Harris was a founding member and chief spokesman of this illustrious group of artists.

Born into a family of great wealth - This allowed Harris plenty of advantage to pursue his interest in becoming an accomplished artist. And he soon developed into a true pioneer of a very distinct and a very Canadian painting-style.

Written by James King - "Inward Journey" is a first-rate pictorial biography of Lawren Harris.

*Note* - In 1970 - Lawren Harris (84 at the time) died of natural causes.

P.S. - At a recent art auction (2016) in Toronto - Harris's "Mountain Forms" sold for $11.2 million.

Nov 24, 2013

Hug? Daguert? I don't know what you're saying.

I've waited for this book for many months. As soon as I finish it, I will write a review.

Jul 14, 2013

where did the comment go that I was typing? If you read & see things written twice-??--
This is a gorgeously illustrated work well worth reading. Illustrations very helpful for understanding evolution of Lawren Haris's life. Your heart follows King's words -- to Abstract painting; instead of one's mind aying, "Hmm, it's interesting." It was more than that. Not "the times" Harris' Art followed, and was expression of his Life. But of course it takes a book- a great book--to make you feel this. And that King did not shrink from putting in the book, the last illustrations, when Harris' abilities ebbing--and yet still powerful-

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