Clara Isabella Harris
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|Clara Isabella Harris|
Clara Isabella Harris, Self Portrait
|Born||Clara Isabella Perry
October 12, 1887
King City, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Notable work||Malton Road, An Ontario Barn|
|Movement||Canadian Group of Painters|
Clara Isabella Harris (1887–1974) was a Canadian impressionist painter.
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.
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.
Clara lived at 23 Valleyview Gardens in the west end of Toronto. She died in 1974 leaving behind over 200 paintings.
- 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".
- 71st Annual Spring Exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists, the Art Gallery of Toronto, March 5–29, 1943. P. 11.
- * 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.
- The Toronto Telegram, Wed., Jan. 3, 1962. “On Retirement: Artist Leads Trend Oil Painting Gifts – Not Gold Watches”
- The Globe and Mail, October 3, 1987, p. C 16. “Women Artists in Canada”
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