Lawren Harris

Spruce and Hill c. 1920,

oil on board
10.25 x 13.75 in

Provenance:
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Galerie Bernard Desroches, Montreal
Sotheby’s Canada, Dec. 1998
The Art Emporium, Vancouver
Private collection, Vancouver

The box-car trips to Algoma were to be a great success for the artists involved. Initially organized by Harris, these trips and the resulting work gained them the support of Sir Edmund Walker. Walker arranged for an exhibition of the Algoma works to be held at the Art Gallery of Toronto. These first paintings were to be taken as an evidence that Canadian artists generally were interested in the discovery of their own country and these trips by the future members of the Group of Seven set the pattern of active exploration which, after the war, took them further and further afield in the pursuit of a vision of Canada.