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Canadian Visionary

March 1 to May 4, 2014
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator-Historical

Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary was a career survey of Group of Seven founding member Lawren Stewart Harris,
who played a major role in the history of painting in Canada. Presenting an extensive group of Harris’ works
from the Gallery’s permanent collection, as well as select loans from local and national collections, the exhibition
traced Harris’ artistic evolution from the early years of the twentieth century to the mid-1960s and illustrated
his move from representational art to abstraction.
Among many groundbreaking works in the exhibition was Tamarack Swamp, Algoma (1920), one of the most
important landscape paintings in the Gallery’s permanent collection. Personally donated to the Gallery by Harris’
daughter Margaret H. Knox, this painting exemplifies how Harris turned a subject that was considered unattractive—
a swamp — into a beautiful work of art. One of Harris’ sketchbooks was also on view for the first time, reflecting
on his transition to a non-representational expression of the spiritual.

ARTIST: Lawren Harris
Generously supported by: Stephanie A. Carlson

ABOVE: Installation view of Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary

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