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Lawren Harris was born in Ontario in 1885. His family was very well off. His father was partnered with Massey in the Massey-Harris farm machinery company. His father eventually sold his part of the business that later became known as Massey-Ferguson. What this meant for Lawren Harris was that, unlike many people, he didn’t have to worry about money. He spent his time learning about art. Harris went to school in Toronto and he studied for a while in Europe. He was married to Bess Housser and for a while worked for Harper’s Magazine. In 1914 he had a building erected for artists and this was the beginning of the Group of Seven. The artist in the group were:
“Franklin Carmichael (1890–1945), Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston (1888–1949), Arthur Lismer (1885–1969), J. E. H. MacDonald (1873–1932), and Frederick Varley (1881–1969).”
These painters focused on landscape scene of Ontario and the Canadian Wilderness. They are thought to be the “fathers” of the art movement in Canada.
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