The Idea of North

Lake Superior Lawren Harris (Canadian, 1885–1970) About 1923 Oil on Canvas *The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario * © Art Gallery of Ontario *© Family of Lawren S. Harris *Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Lake Superior, Lawren Harris, About 1923.
The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario, © Art Gallery of Ontario,
© Family of Lawren S. Harris, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

As we enter spring, we are looking forward to warmer days ahead. This winter felt incredibly mild, especially after last year in Boston and my many winters spent in Montreal (now that is cold!). The MFA offers a little taste of winter if you didn’t get enough these past few months!

A current exhibition at the MFA showcases the work of Lawren Harris, a Canadian modernist painter (1885-1970). The oil paintings, from the 1920s and 1930s, show an idealized northern landscape of vast open water and snow-covered peaks. For Canadians, these images evoke the essence of the Canadian north. The exhibition is the first major showing of Harris’ work in the United States, and includes works from the AGO in Toronto and other collections across Canada… fitting for new director Matthew Teitelbaum’s first year after moving from the AGO to Boston!

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Pic Island, Lawren Harris, About 1924.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Gift of Colonel R.S. McLaughlin, Image courtesy of McMichael Canadian Art Collection, © Family of Lawren S. Harris, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Mountains in Snow: Rocky Mountain Paintings VII Lawren Harris (Canadian, 1885–1970) About 1929 Oil on canvas * The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario * © Art Gallery of Ontario *© Family of Lawren S. Harris *Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Mountains in Snow: Rocky Mountain Paintings VII, Lawren Harris, About 1929.
The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario, © Art Gallery of Ontario,
© Family of Lawren S. Harris
Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

See it until June 12 at the MFA. Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston.
Hours and ticket info here.

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