1885 -1970
Abstraction, 1964
oil on canvas | 44.3x54.1 in/112.5x137.5cm
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Lawren Harris’ Abstraction is an example of his abstract approach to landscape painting. There is a cyclical nature to the painting, with the portrayal of rays radiating outwards from the centre. Next to it, a shadow contrasts giving the impression of the moon overlapping the sun and blocking out the sunlight. His choice of colour and line have a very hypnotizing effect on the viewer, radiating energy and drawing it towards the centre, and then outward. With the sun and moon being such traditional subjects in painting, Harris provides a refreshingly new take on tradition.