Lawren Harris came from a wealthy Brantford family that co-owned
the farm machinery company Massey-Harris, studied in Berlin, and
spent a year and a half travelling and working as a magazine illustator
before settling in Toronto in 1908.
Since 1910, Harris had been painting pictures of houses in a
community known as "the Ward" which was home to many immigrants at the turn of the
century. The buildings in these works present a flat friezelike pattern across
the middle ground of the painting and are animated by the crisp morning air and
muted light against the facades. For Harris, images such as this Quebec
House on Redkettle, portrayed a distinctly Canadian scene, warm and cheerful, despite chilly early morning hours.
Harris was a member of Canada's most prestigious group of artists
known as The Group
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