Artworks and Artists
White Triangle

White Triangle,
c. 1939
Harris, Lawren S.
oil on canvas
129.5 x 93.2 cm


In this geometrical composition based on the triangle and circle, Harris incorporates the ideas of theosophy. Through his studies of this philosophy Harris evolved his concepts of art, believing that one could arrive at an individual experience of the "essential order, the dynamic harmony and the ultimate beauty" of all existence.

Harris made the work during a stay in Santa Fe, a time in his life when he was looking for a style that would better express his spiritual beliefs. He focused on the purified realm of abstraction or "non-representational" painting.