Occasional Painting — Pine Tree and Red House, Winter, City Painting II
by Lawren Harris (1885-1970)
Pine Tree and Red House, Winter, City Painting II (1924)
oil on canvas, 81.3 x 96.5 cm
History: Art Gallery of Toronto, Lawren Harris, 1948, catalogue #35, National Gallery of Canada, Paintings in Ottawa Collections, April 19 – May 6, 1959.
I’ve always loved the look of Lawren Harris’ art. When viewed in person, they almost seem to glow from the inside. And his work is always distinctive – bold colours, simple, clean lines. His depictions of Lake Superior, or the Rocky mountains, or of the Canadian Arctic, have a kind of spiritual resonance.
This painting just sold at auction for a record price of 2.9 million. This is the most that anyone has ever paid for a Lawren Harris, and it’s now second in the all-time price-list for Canadian art – the top money-maker being Paul Kane’s Scene from the Northwest – Portrait, which sold for $5.063-million in 2002.
As reported in the Globe and Mail, the painting did so well because of two elements: “the red and the snow”. Geez, if that’s all it takes to sell a painting, who needs a university degree? Why didn’t somebody tell me!!
Other works, including sketches by Tom Thomson and A. Y. Jackson, also fetched ridiculously high prices.tniapcco llewopemearg