Historic Art | Bess Harris

About the Artist


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. Canadian Women Artists History Initiative, Concordia University, Montreal

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