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Light House

Robert Harris

BIRTH YEAR 1849
BIRTH PLACE Tyn-y-Groes, Wales
DEATH YEAR 1919
DEATH PLACE Montreal, Quebec

Do you enjoy autumn’s turbulent weather? Here, artist Robert Harris conjures a stormy shoreline scene in this atmospheric oil work from the late 19th century. Born in 1849, Harris emigrated from Wales to Prince Edward Island with his family as a child and later received his artistic training in London, England. Upon returning to Canada, Harris established a career painting portraits of politicians and other leading members of society. Despite his success in portraiture, Harris was continually drawn to the beauty of the Canadian landscape. This work is one example of the many Impressionistic landscapes he painted mainly for his own pleasure.

MEDIUM Oil on panel
DATE c. 1880
DIMENSIONS 22.2cm x 15.9cm x 1.9cm
ACCESSION NUMBER FAC 0411
CREDIT LINE Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery. Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
A painting of a lighthouse situated between a dark and stormy shoreline with tall waves on the left, and a wrecked ship on rocky land on the right. These are painted in hues of green-brown and dark grey. A white building with a set of wide stairs leading up to it can be seen in the right background. The sky above is split in half with dark blue cloudy section on the left and a pale blue cloudy section on the right.

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