Tuesday, 27 September 2016

'Mountain Forms' - Lawren Harris of Group of Seven at Auction

Lawren S. Harris, 1928. Mountain Forms, oil on canvas
'Mountain Forms' is a striking painting of Mount Ishbel in the Sawback mountain range, near Lake Louise. Most Lawren S. Harris paintings like this are in art galleries or museums. But Mountain Forms is owned by Imperial Oil, and on Nov. 23, it will go up for sale at the Heffel Auction of Fine Canadian Art in Toronto.

The pre-auction estimate is $3 million to $5 million.
Heffel set the record for a Harris painting last fall when it sold the 1930 painting Mountain and Glacier for $4.6 million, the second highest price ever paid for a Canadian work of art at auction. It had been estimated at $1 million to $1.5 million.

The top Canadian artwork sold at auction is Paul Kane’s Scene in the Northwest: Portrait of John Henry Lefroy, which sold for $5.062 million at a Sotheby’s/Ritchie’s auction in 2002.