Morris Graves, ‘Spring with Machine Age Noise No. 3’, 1957, Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Gift of the Marshall and Helen Hatch Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2005.172

About Morris Graves

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.

American, 1910-2001, Fox Valley, Oregon

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