Magazin'Art

James Wilson Morrice

EDMONTON

The Alberta Art Gallery is exhibiting the National Gallery’s travelling show James Wilson Morrice: The AK Prakish Collection in Trust to the Nation from July 21 to October 7, 2018.

Morrice was once described as the best North American painter on the international stage since the death of Whistler. In 1903 Morrice was the first Canadian artist to show at the Venice Biennale. Morrice lived from 1865 to 1924. In 1890 he moved to Paris to establish himself as a painter.

From Paris he would travel through France and eventually go to Morocco and the Caribbean in between returning home to Canada to paint. His work often portrayed the theatricality of modern life and one of his strengths was capturing atmospheric effects.

As a modernist Morrice compressed his subject matter as opposed to elaborating it but rather than adhere to any artistic dogma, he developed his own aesthetic. The exhibition consists of 49 paintings and watercolours. Prakash was a long time contributor to Magazin’art.

 

Summer 2018

The Alberta Art Gallery is exhibiting the National Gallery’s…

OTTAWA

Moving from what can only be described as the very modern to what may now be regarded as one of Canada’s foremost modernist painters the National Gallery is running James Wilson Morrice: The A.K. Pradash Collection in Trust to the Nation from October 13, 2017 to March 18, 2018. Morrice was once described as the best North American painter on the international stage since the death of Whistler.

In 1903 Morrice was the first Canadian artist to show at the Venice Biennale. Morrice lived from 1865 to 1924. In 1890 he moved to Paris to establish himself as a painter. From Paris he would travel through France and eventually go to Morocco and the Caribbean in between returning home to Canada to paint. His work often portrayed the theatricality of modern life and one of his strengths was capturing atmospheric ef fects. As a modernist Morrice compressed his subject matter as opposed to elaborating it but rather than adhere to any artistic dogma developed his own aesthetic.

The show will mark the first time that A.K. Pradash’s gift to the nation will be seen in its entirety and consists of 49 paintings and watercolours. Pradash was a long time contributor to Magazin’art.


 

Also running at the National is the 2017 Canadian Biennial from October 19, 2017 to March 18, 2017. This is the fourth Biennial that the National Gallery has mounted and usually they feature recent acquisitions that the museum has made. This iteration is slightly different and along with recent works by Canadian and Indigenous contemporary work features international art works as well. All in all over 50 artists and over 100 works of art are featured. The works in question run from painting, sculpture, photography and drawing to prints, video and large scale mixed media installations.

Winter 2018

Moving from what can only be described as the very modern…

QUEBEC CITY

I’ve often thought that the view from the roof of a building in Quebec City’s Old Town is pretty much the same view that most North Americans think of as being Parisian and that if you can’t get to Paris, Quebec City more than makes up for that.

The Musee National des beaux-arts du Quebec on the Plains of Abraham will be showing Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse from May 8-September 7, 2014. James Wilson Morrice and John Lyman were two Canadian painters who were able to live abroad in exile as they developed their international reputations.

Lyman studied with Matisse at his Academy in 1910 and Morrice met and became friends with Matisse when both were living in Tangiers. The new exhibition is the first to feature both men in 25 years. The works on exhibition consists of 130 oils on wood, canvas and cardboard and come from museums across Canada and Europe as well as both domestic and international private collections. The exhibition will also mark the first time Matisse’s Palm Leaf, Tangier will be exhibited in Canada. It is there in order to show Matisse’s influence on Morrice’s West Indies paintings.

Summer 2014

I’ve often thought that the view from the roof of a building in Quebec City’s Old Town is pretty much the same view that most North Americans…