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September 08, 2014 14:12 ET

Group of Seven Gallery Blocks Authentication

McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario refuses to Cooperate with Research

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 8, 2014) - A long lost Lawren Harris was found in Bala, Ontario in the summer of 2000. While it was not immediately recognized as a Lawren Harris, extensive research into his painting styles, the sketching trips he took before World War I, Harris family photographs, Raman Spectroscopy analysis of pigments from that period and a pigment match to a known Lawren Harris work from the same period prove that not only was this painting done by Lawren Harris but even the date and location where it was painted. Named Autumn Harbour, this research has shown that it was painted at the end of a Lawren Harris vacation in Go Home Bay on September 23rd, 1912. Full details can be found at the http://www.autumnharbour.ca/

When the painting was shown to Charles C. Hill, Curator of Canadian Art / National Gallery of Canada, he suggested that better examples for comparison for this period in Lawren Harris's life were at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario. Contact was made to Katerina Atanassova, Chief Curator, McMichael Canadian Art Collection to request clean images of nine images (dating from 1910 to 1913) in their collection for further comparison purposes. The McMichael Gallery refused to provide any images for this research.

In spite of further requests to McMichael Gallery requesting assistance or clarification, no replies were received. As one of McMichael's core values is stated to: "...Learning, we encourage research and scholarship, generate and disseminate knowledge, inspire creativity, and foster visual literacy and critical thinking for all..." the reasons for this refusal to cooperate with research into the authentication of a long lost Lawren Harris are baffling.

Prepared by David Robertson

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