Historic Art | James Wilson Morrice R.C.A.

Landscape near tunis 1912 ob 5x6 web

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Landscape Near Tunis, 1912

Technique: oil on board

Dimensions: 5x6 in.

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About the Artist

Morrice was the son of a wealthy merchant, and studied law in Toronto from 1882 to 1889. In 1890 he left to study painting in England. The next year he arrived in Paris, where he studied at the Academie Julian from 1892-7.

Morrice continued to live in Paris until the First World War, although he spent most of his winters in Canada. He made many connections in the intellectual circles of Paris, while also remaining in touch with the Canadian art world; he joined the Salon d'Automne in 1905, the the Canadian Art Club in 1907 and was elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1913.

During this period he was also regularly in contact with English expatriate intellectuals living in Paris, such as W. Somerset Maugham, Arnold Bennett, and Clive Bell. In the winter of 1911-12 he shared a studio with Matisse in Tangiers.

With the advent of WWI Morrice fled to Montreal, and then to Cuba. There he began to succumb to alcoholism. The output of his last period is uneven and infrequent. In the summer of 1922 he travelled to Algiers, where he painted with Albert Marquet. This would be the last time that he painted, as his health began to rapidly deteriorate.


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