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Bess Larkin Housser-Harris

Canada (1890 -  1969 )
HOUSSER-HARRIS Bess Larkin Mountain Fantasia

Heffel
May 25, 2006
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Frederick Horsman Varley, Lawren Stewart H. Harris, Paul Peel, John Goodwin Lyman, Alexander Young, Rene Jean Richard, Clayton Anderson
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Bess Larkin Housser-Harris - Day's End

Bess Larkin Housser-Harris - Day's End

Original 1928
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Lot number: 110
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Description:
Bess Larkin Housser Harris
BCSFA RCA 1890 - 1969 Canadian
Day's End
oil on canvas circa 1928
on verso signed, titled and inscribed "4760 Belmont Ave, Vancouver" on a label
35 x 42 in 88.9 x 106.7cm
Provenance:
Private Collection, Vancouver
Exhibited:
British Columbia Society of Fine Arts, Vancouver, 39th Annual Exhibition, May 3 - 22, 1949, catalogue #25
A sensitive and lyrical painter, Bess Harris took art lessons from Frederick Varley and was strongly influenced by Lawren Harris, with whom she developed a close friendship as early as 1918. She shared his interest in Eastern religions and matters of the soul, and in the world of art, modernism and abstraction. Bess was invited to show with the Group of Seven in the 1920s, and she was represented in the 1926 Wembley show in England and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, in 1930. In 1934, upon discovery of her husband Fred Housser's affair with artist Yvonne McKague, she divorced Fred and married Harris. Theirs was an important meeting of minds and souls that was anchored in creativity, and wherever they went, first to the United States to Hanover and Santa Fe, followed by their return to Canada to Vancouver, they quickly found themselves at the centre of the arts communities in these places. Bess continued to paint throughout her life, and her accomplishment is unmistakable in Day's End.
This emotive work from the late 1920s exemplifies her sense of social consciousness, another commonality that drew her and Harris together. It might be a scene from St. John's Ward, an impoverished area in Toronto where Harris had also painted. Her fine sense of cool colour, the upwards movement in the painting and the angular geometry of the composition result in a compelling work that draws us into the scene. There is a solidity to form in Day's End that makes a resounding impression - in the boardwalk with the raw, earthy street between, the well-defined volume of the buildings and the carved cloud-forms above. Finally, it is the light that gives Day's End even more impact - raking across the scene and lighting up the buildings and boardwalk, and ultimately leading us into brightness and a subtle sense of transcendence at the end of the road.
Bess Larkin Housser-Harris - Houses

Bess Larkin Housser-Harris - Houses

Original
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Price: Not disclosed
Lot number: 301
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Description:
Bess Larkin Housser Harris
BCSFA RCA 1890 - 1969 Canadian
Houses
oil on panel
on verso titled on a Harris Estate label
10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in 26.7 x 34.3cm
Provenance:
Estate of Lawren Stewart Harris
By descent to the present Private Collection, British Columbia
$2,000
$3,000
Bess Larkin Housser-Harris - Mountain Fantasia

Bess Larkin Housser-Harris - Mountain Fantasia

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Lot number: 169
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Lot # 169

Bess Larkin Housser Harris

BCSFA RCA 1890 - 1969 Canadian

Mountain Fantasia

oil on canvas

on verso titled and inscribed 4760 Belmont Ave., $100

24 x 30 in 61 x 76.2cm

Provenance:

Bess Harris's sister, Dorit Larkin

Sally Lewis, daughter of Dorit Larkin

By descent to the present Private Collection, Calgary
Bess Larkin Housser-Harris - Mountain Fantasia

Bess Larkin Housser-Harris - Mountain Fantasia

Original
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Price: Not disclosed
Lot number: 169
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Lot # 169

Bess Larkin Housser Harris

BCSFA RCA 1890 - 1969 Canadian

Mountain Fantasia

oil on canvas

on verso titled and inscribed 4760 Belmont Ave., $100

24 x 30 in 61 x 76.2cm

Provenance:

Bess Harris's sister, Dorit Larkin

Sally Lewis, daughter of Dorit Larkin

By descent to the present Private Collection, Calgary
Bess Larkin Housser-Harris - Old Mine Shaft, Cobalt

Bess Larkin Housser-Harris - Old Mine Shaft, Cobalt

Original
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Price: Not disclosed
Lot number: 85
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Provenance:
Private Collection, Vancouver Island
Exhibited:
Art Gallery of Toronto, The Group of Seven, December 4 - 24,
1931,
catalogue #81
International Art Centre of Roerich Museum, New York, 1932,
catalogue #25
Bess Housser Harris, although mostly self-taught, took lessons from
F.H.
Varley. In 1914 she married Fred B. Housser, the author of A
Canadian Art
Movement: The Story of the Group of Seven. Bess wrote about art and
edited
for the Canadian Bookman from 1923 - 1926, and being an early
supporter of
the Group of Seven, she also published articles in the Bookman by
Lawren
Harris and other Group members. She exhibited at the influential
Wembley
exhibition in Britain in 1926, and in 1928 was invited to exhibit
work in the
Group of Seven exhibition in the Art Gallery of Toronto. In 1930
she exhibited
at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and at the
Baltimore
Museum of Art. In 1934 she married Lawren Harris, and they lived
in
Hanover, New Hampshire and Santa Fe, New Mexico, until moving
to
Vancouver, BC in 1940.
The Museum London in London, Ontario has requested that this
painting be
shown in its upcoming exhibition Intimate Circle: The F.B. Housser
Memorial
Art Collection on July 26 to September 17, 2005. This loan has not
been
promised to this exhibition, and its inclusion is entirely up to
the purchaser.
Sold for: $51,750 CDN
CDN
International Art Centre of Roerich Museum, New York, 1932,
catalogue #25
Bess Housser Harris, although mostly self-taught, took lessons from
F.H.
Varley. In 1914 she married Fred B. Housser, the author of A
Canadian Art
Movement: The Story of the Group of Seven. Bess wrote about art and
edited
for the Canadian Bookman from 1923 - 1926, and being an early
supporter of
the Group of Seven, she also published articles in the Bookman by
Lawren
Harris and other Group members. She exhibited at the influential
Wembley
exhibition in Britain in 1926, and in 1928 was invited to exhibit
work in the
Group of Seven exhibition in the Art Gallery of Toronto. In 1930
she exhibited
at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and at the
Baltimore
Museum of Art. In 1934 she married Lawren Harris, and they lived
in
Hanover, New Hampshire and Santa Fe, New Mexico, until moving
to
Vancouver, BC in 1940.
shown in its upcoming exhibition Intimate Circle: The F.B. Housser
Memorial
Art Collection on July 26 to September 17, 2005. This loan has not
been
promised to this exhibition, and its inclusion is entirely up to
the purchaser.
Sold for: $51,750 CDN
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