Lawren Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario October 23 1885; died January 29 1970.
After three years of study in Germany he returned to Toronto where he began his career by depicting houses in an impressionist style.
Harris' technique and subject matter changed radically after a trip in 1918 to northern Ontario.
He painted the rugged landscape while traveling in a railroad boxcar.
In later trips he sketched the north shore of Lake Superior, the Rockies, and the Canadian Arctic.
He captured the stark landscape of these regions using a more simplified, powerful technique.
His paintings hang in the every major museum across Canada, including the National Gallery of Ottawa.