Artwork by Lawren Stewart Harris,  Shacks

Lawren Harris

oil on panel
signed lower right
10 x 13 ins ( 25.4 x 33 cms )

Sold for $103,500.00
Sale date: May 31st 2016

Paul Hahn, Toronto
By descent to the current Private Collection, Toronto
One of seventeen children, Paul Hahn immigrated to Canada from Stuttgart, Germany in 1888. A gifted musician, Hahn was recognized as a renowned cellist, extensively touring Ontario and New York state. Working for the Nordheimer Piano Company for nearly twenty years, Hahn fulfilled a dream and opened his own piano company on September 13, 1913. Paul Hahn and Company has served Toronto families for more than a century, with the third generation of the family currently owning and operating the Yonge Street fixture, providing sales and restoration of pianos to the community.

Paul Hahn was an active and tireless supporter of culture in Toronto, providing encouragement directly to family and friends in the arts. Hahn financed the education of his brother, celebrated Canadian artist Emanuel Hahn, allowing him to study in Germany and further his abilities as a sculptor and designer. Paul Hahn was a recognized authority on extinct and vanishing birds, researching, writing and hosting lectures on the subject. Celebrated as a patron of the Royal Ontario Museum, Hahn donated sixty-eight passenger pigeon specimens as well as his extensive stamp collection to the institution.

A patron of various arts groups and associations, Paul Hahn was a resident member of the Arts and Letters Club, along with his brothers Emanuel and Gustav, and members of the Group of Seven, including Lawren Harris. Actively purchasing artwork from Toronto artists, it is believed that Hahn acquired “Shacks” directly from Harris, the painting descending through the Hahn family since its purchase almost a century ago.

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Lawren Stewart Harris
(1885 - 1970) Group of Seven, Canadian Group of Painters

Lawren Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario and at the age of 19 went to Berlin for academic training. Upon returning to Ontario he met J.E.H. MacDonald who shared his vision of a new and distinctive way of depicting the Canadian landscape. Harris became the driving force behind the Group of Seven. A.Y. Jackson claimed: "Without Harris there would have been no Group of Seven. He provided the stimulus; it was he who encouraged us always to take the bolder course, to find new trails."

By 1918 Lawren Harris had travelled to the Algoma region in the company of MacDonald and Johnston. Harris made his first trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior in 1921. His search for a deeper spiritual meaning eventually took him to the stark landscapes of the far north. By the late 1920s the artist's work strove to capture the spiritual essence of the bold landforms of the Rockies and the Arctic. Throughout the ensuing decade Harris continued to simplify and abstract his landscapes until his subjects became non-representational. Lawren Harris worked as a member of the Transcendental Group of Painters in Santa Fe, New Mexico for two years, returning to Canada in 1940 and settling in Vancouver for the remainder of his lifetime.