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HARRIS, Bess Larkin Housser

Born
Brandon, Manitoba, 1890
Died
Vancouver, British Columbia, 1969
Biography synopsis
Bess Larkin Housser Harris was born in Manitoba but received her early education in Toronto at Havergal College. Although Harris took a few art lessons from F.H. Varley, she was mostly self-taught, but nonetheless invited to participate in Group of Seven shows throughout the 1920s. She exhibited in the US during the mid-1920s and 30s. Harris also wrote on art, contributing many articles to the Canadian Bookman between 1923 and 1926. Her work is in the collection of Hart House, the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, among other private and public collections. Harris was married to F.B. Housser in 1914, but they later divorced and she married Lawren Harris in 1934.
Media used
Painting
Memberships
Canadian Group of Painters
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
London Public Library, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
" ... ? ... At Art Association." Gazette (Montreal) 5 Jan. 1946.
"Art Exhibit Discussed: Private Showing Given Members of Windsor Association." Windsor Star 1 Dec. 1942.
"Canadian Group Exhibits Here." Star (Toronto) 8 Jan. 1946.
"Lawren S. Harris: Painter." Contemporary Canadian Artists. 1997.
"Loan Exhibition to Aid Children." Star [?] 21 Dec. 194?.
"Oil Paintings Now on Display Here." Times-Globe (Saint John) 2 Nov. 1943.
"Oil Paintings On View Next Week." Times-Globe (Saint John) Oct - Nov.(?) 1943.
"Painting Exhibit is Being Held Over." Times-Globe (Saint John) 6 Nov. 1943.
"This painting by Beth Harris, 'Ottawa Valley' ..." [Reproduction] Windsor Star 11 Aug. 1945.
Amos, Robert. "Emily Unexpurgated." Times-Colonist (Victoria) 18 Sept. 2003: D9.
Amos, Robert. "Harris's Later Works Often Overlooked." Times-Colonist (Victoria) 31 Jul. 2003: D9.
Amos, Robert. "Visual Art: Colin Graham Has Been Described as the ..." Times-Colonist (Victoria) 16 Sept., 1995: 1.
Arlidge, Bertha. "In the World of Art." Unknown (Rochester, New York) 15 Nov. 1931.
Art Gallery of Ontario. Calendar: May - August 1959. Toronto: 1959.
Ayre, Robert. "Art Notes: Canadian Group of Painters Reveal a Disturbing Lack of Consistency." Unknown (Montreal Star?) 12 Nov. 1960: 29.
Ayre, Robert. "The Canadian Group of Painters." Canadian Art 6.3 (Spring 1949): 98-102.
Betts, Gregory, ed. Lawren Harris In the Ward: His Urban Poetry and Paintings. Toronto: Exile Editions, 2009.
Canadian Group of Painters. Canadian Group of Painters, Exhibition 1942. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1942.
Canadian Group of Painters. Canadian Group of Painters, Exhibition 1955-1956. Montreal: 1956.
Canadian Group of Painters. Canadian Group of Painters, Exhibition 1957. Montreal: 1957.
Canadian Group of Painters. Canadian Group of Painters, Exhibition 1960. Montreal: 1960.
Canadian Group of Painters. Canadian Group of Painters, Exhibition 1961. Vancouver: 1961.
Canadian Library Association. Canadian Biographies: Artists and Authors. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association, 1951.
Carr, Emily. Growing Pains. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1946.
CBC. "McMichael Buried Beside Members of the Group of Seven." http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2003/11/25/mcmichaelburial251103.html 2003.
D & E Lake. "Bess Larkin Housser Harris." http://www.delake.com/photo/5-107.htm D & E Lake Ltd, 1999.
Davis, Ann. The Logic of Ecstasy: Canadian Mystical Painting, 1920-1940. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992.
Fong, Petti. "Forgotten McNicoll Nets $190,000 in B.C." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 26 May 2005: A9.
Frye, Northrop. Northrop Frye on Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.
Harper, J. Russell. Canadian Paintings in Hart House. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1955.
Hill, Charles. Canadian Painting in the Thirties. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1975.
Jackson, A.Y. A Painter's Country. Toronto: Clarke Irwin, 1972.
Kritzwiser, Kay. "Artist's Gift Further Enriches 'Masterpiece' Oshawa Gallery." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 5 Dec. 1987: C19.
Laing, Blair. Memoirs of an Art Dealer. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1982.
Larisey, Peter. Light for a Cold Land: Lawren Harris's Work and Life, An Interpretation. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1993.
MacDonald, Colin S. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009
http://www.pro.rcip-chin.gc.ca/bd-dl/aac-aic-eng.jsp?emu=en.aich:/Proxapp/ws/aich/user/wwwe/SearchForm.
Matlock, Patrick. "The Lifelong Search: Examining the Later Works of Lawren S. Harris by Walking the Path of His Life and Reflecting on the Influence of Spiritualism." http://watarts.uwaterloo.ca/~pmatlock/html/Talks/Harris.talk/TOC_harris.html 1997.
Mays, John Bentley. "Harris Researches Fail to Illuminate 'Light for a Cold Land: Lawren Harris's Work and Life - An Interpretation'." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 12 Nov. 1994: C23.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Formerly Art Association of Montreal: Spring Exhibitions, 1880-1970. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts/Académie royale des arts du Canada: Exhibitions and Members 1880-1979. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981.
Mellen, Peter. The Group of Seven. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1970.
National Council of Women of Canada. Canadian Women Artists' Exhibition, Sponsored by Local Council of Women of Kitchener. Kitchener: Canadian Arts Council and Department of External Affairs, 1947.
Palette. "In the Realm of Art: Gallery Acquires Fine Paintings." Daily Province (Vancouver) 14 Aug. 1947.
Parry, Malcolm. "Soft Opening for the Hard Rock Cafe." Vancouver Sun 8 Jun. 1995: B2.
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.
Putnam, Joyce. "Memories of the Group of Seven." Whig-Standard (Kingston) 20 Jul. 1991: 1.
Repentigny, R. de. "Images et plastiques: Pour trop de goûts à la fois." La Presse (Montreal) 9 Nov. 1957.
Robertson, Heather. "In Life, the Group of Seven was Together for Thirteen Years. In Death, They're ... Together Forever." Beaver 84.2 (Apr-May 2004): 28.
Rochon, Lisa. "With Concrete and Honesty, He Honoured Us All." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 23 May 2009: R11.
Stoffman, Judy. "McMichael at Rest with Artists: Buried Beside Six Members of Group of Seven Home Became Showcase for Canadian Art." Star (Toronto) 25 Nov. 2003: A3.
Stoffman, Judy. "Robert McMichael Buried Beside Members of the Group of Seven." Canadian Press NewWire (Toronto) 24 Nov. 2003.
Westbridge, Anthony R. The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction. Vancouver: Westbridge Publications, 2001.

Writings by
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "Art in Canada: Letter to the Editor." Canadian Forum 2.20 (May 1922): 621.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Art." Canadian Bookman 6.8 (Aug. 1924): 185.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Art." Canadian Bookman 7.8 (Aug. 1925): 137.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Art." Canadian Bookman 7.5 (May 1925): 87.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Art." Canadian Bookman 7.3 (Mar. 1925): 54.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Art." Canadian Bookman 8.1 (Jan. 1926).
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Art." Canadian Bookman 7.9 (Sept. 1925): 152.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Art." Canadian Bookman 7.6 (Jun. 1925): 101.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Art." Canadian Bookman 7.4 (Apr. 1925): 70.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Art." Canadian Bookman 8.5 (May 1926): 157-159.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Art." Canadian Bookman 7.2 (Feb. 1925): 33.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Art." Canadian Bookman 7.7 (Jul. 1925): 121.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Art." Canadian Bookman 7.11 (Nov. 1925): 186.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "In the Realm of Canadian Art." Canadian Bookman 6.11 (Nov. 1924): 238.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "Introducing a New Topic." Canadian Bookman 6.6 (Jun. 1924): 137.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "The Value of the Critic." Canadian Bookman 5.4 (Apr. 1923): 93.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser. "What the Critics are Saying at Wembley." Canadian Bookman 6.7 (Jul. 1924): 159.
Harris, Bess Larkin Housser (?). "It Is Reported," "Moorhouse Visits Vancouver" & Inside Stuff ..." Canadian Bookman 7.2 (Feb. 1925): 28.
Harris, Bess Larking Housser. Lawren Harris. Toronto: Macmillan, 1976.

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