Archive for September 14th, 2021

The Unfolding/ Lawren Harris

Lawren HarrisFrom the North Shore, Lake Superior ca 1927

Art is not an amusement, nor a distraction, nor is it, as many men maintain, an escape from life. On the contrary, it is a high training of the soul, essential to the soul’s growth, to its unfoldment.

–Lawren Harris

Whenever I need a lift or a reminder that what I am doing is a mere triviality, it’s always good to revisit the work and words of the late painter Lawren Harris.

Harris, who died in 1970 in his native Canada at the age of 85, had a way of capturing of grand spaces and forms and imbuing in them a sense of absolute stillness. It’s a created atmosphere that is conducive to the unfolding and growth of one’s soul.

Some might say that this in itself is an escape from life and, in the simplest terms, they would be correct. But art transcends the mere act of escape in that while doing so, it provides the space and nourishment for the growth of the soul.

I know that I have often looked to art as a safe haven, an escape from the cruelty and often illogical nature of the outside world.

But it was never just that single thing. This separation between the outer and inner world created an environment, a time and place, where lessons could be learned and insights could be formed. These lessons and insights become part of who we are and then undoubtedly travel with us back into that outer world.

No, art is not an amusement or an escape. It changes us in fundamental ways and by that, we are always made better.

I needed to write that this morning, if only for myself. Thanks, Mr. Harris, I feel a little better now.

I was running a little short on time this morning so this post from a couple of years ago will have to suffice. It’s a fine reminder of the purpose of art. I’ve added some favorites from Mr. Harris to the original post which serves as a fine pick-me-up for me on this September morning.

Lawren Harris 1923_Lake_Superior_Thomson_Col

Lawren Harris Ice House Coldwell Lake Superior

Lawren Harris- Ice House, Coldwell, Lake Superior 1923

Lawren Harris- Isolation Peak_1931

Lawren Harris- Isolation Peak -1931

Lawren Harris- Mountains in Snow 1929

Lawren Harris- Mountains in Snow 1929

LawrenHarris-Mount-Thule-Bylot-Island-1930lawren-harris-mt-lefroyLawren Harris -Light-House-Father-Point

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