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Artist:
Morris Graves, born Fox Valley, OR 1910-died Loleta, CA 2001  Search this
Medium:
ink wash and gouache on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 29 3/8 x 23 3/4 in. (74.6 x 60.3 cm)
Type:
Drawing
Date:
ca. 1942-1943
Exhibition Label:
As a master of contemplative, spiritual expression, Graves used natural forms to symbolize his state of mind and inner vision. The bird with folded wings seems to emerge from his transcendent imagination, the artist’s “inner eye,” rather than from direct observation. The transparent, abstract image suggests an engraving in the face of a rock, worn away by time and weather, at once fading and accumulating new meaning.
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009
Topic:
Landscape\celestial\moon  Search this
Animal\bird  Search this
State of being\emotion\sorrow  Search this
Allegory\other\memory  Search this
Animal\other\skeleton  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Michael and Caryl Marsh
Object number:
1969.78
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1969.78