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Morris Graves

Animal, 1954

Sumi ink drawing, on tissue-thin Japanese paper backed to wove paper
16 9/10 × 22 1/2 in
42.9 × 57.2 cm
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Phillips

Works on Paper from the Schulhof Collection

Framed

Works on Paper from the Schulhof Collection

Framed

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Signed and dated in black ink
Morris Graves
American, 1910–2001
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Morris Graves painted surrealistic still-lifes of symbols and objects drawn from nature and Eastern religions. A transcendentalist, Graves eschewed modern, urban conveniences and stylistic trends in favor of a reclusive life and pared-down, metaphysical images. “I paint to evolve a changing language of symbols,” Graves said, “a language with which to remark upon the qualities of our mysterious capacities, which direct us toward ultimate reality.” Graves depicted birds, snakes, moons, flowers, and circles in dream-like arrangements in order to fuse reality, spirituality, and imagination, thereby unlocking new modes of human perception.

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Works on Paper from the Schulhof Collection

Framed

Works on Paper from the Schulhof Collection

Framed

Signature
Signed and dated in black ink
Morris Graves
American, 1910–2001
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Morris Graves painted surrealistic still-lifes of symbols and objects drawn from nature and Eastern religions. A transcendentalist, Graves eschewed modern, urban conveniences and stylistic trends in favor of a reclusive life and pared-down, metaphysical images. “I paint to evolve a changing language of symbols,” Graves said, “a language with which to remark upon the qualities of our mysterious capacities, which direct us toward ultimate reality.” Graves depicted birds, snakes, moons, flowers, and circles in dream-like arrangements in order to fuse reality, spirituality, and imagination, thereby unlocking new modes of human perception.

Morris Graves

Animal, 1954

Sumi ink drawing, on tissue-thin Japanese paper backed to wove paper
16 9/10 × 22 1/2 in
42.9 × 57.2 cm
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