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Morris Graves

Haunted Bouquet, 1949

Tempera, gouache and watercolor on paper
18 1/2 × 15 in
47 × 38.1 cm
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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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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

Haunted Bouquet, 1949

Tempera, gouache and watercolor on paper
18 1/2 × 15 in
47 × 38.1 cm
This is a unique work.
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Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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