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Clara Isabella Harris (1887–1974) was a Canadian impressionist painter.

Clara Isabella Harris
Clara Isabella Harris Self Portrait.jpg
Clara Isabella Harris, Self Portrait
Clara Isabella Perry

(1887-10-12)October 12, 1887
Known forPainting
Notable work
Malton Road, An Ontario Barn
MovementCanadian Group of Painters

She was born Clara Isabella Perry, in King City, Ontario, on October 12, 1887. She attended the Ontario College of Art and studied with noted portrait painter Archibald Barnes for several years. She attended the Port Hope Summer Art School, founded by John William Beatty, an associate who influenced the Group of Seven Painters.

During the First World War Clara studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and exhibited in their 1907 Nineteenth Annual Exhibition of Water Colors, Pastels, by American Artists May 7 - June 16, 1907.[1]

She exhibited her work at various art shows alongside but not limited to Arthur Lismer, A.J. Casson, A.Y. Jackson, Clarence Gagnon, Frank Panabaker, Homer Watson, Lawren Harris, and Emily Carr.[2][3]

To capture the true authenticity of the Canadian landscape Clara travelled thousands of miles in all seasons to paint on location in the "plein-air" method. As many of her paintings are documented recording the date, time of day and location Clara has left an historical and geographical legacy of the Canadian landscape.[4]

Clara lived at 23 Valleyview Gardens in the west end of Toronto. She died in 1974 leaving behind over 200 paintings.[5]


  1. ^ The Art Institute of Chicago's 1907 Nineteenth Annual Exhibition of Water Colors, Pastels by American Artists May 7 - June 16, 1907, p. 52 work #378 "English Shops".
  2. ^ 71st Annual Spring Exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists, the Art Gallery of Toronto, March 5–29, 1943. P. 11.
  3. ^ * Catalogue of the Sixty-First Annual Exhibition of the Society of Artists, Exhibition by Young Canadians, March 1933. The Art Gallery of Toronto, Grange Park. P. 7.
  4. ^ The Toronto Telegram, Wed., Jan. 3, 1962. "On Retirement: Artist Leads Trend Oil Painting Gifts – Not Gold Watches"
  5. ^ The Globe and Mail, October 3, 1987, p. C 16. "Women Artists in Canada"