George L.K. Morris
American, (1905-1975)
Untitled (Vortex)
oil on canvas
signed lower right.

Provenance: From a private collector, Indianapolis.

From the archives of AskArt: Though George Lovett Kingsland Morris studied with realist painters John Sloan and Kenneth Hayes Miller at the Art Students League, the influence of their points of view was replaced by that of abstractionists Amedee Ozenfant and Fernand Leger. The paintings of Morris were two-dimensional, hard-edged and brightly colored.

Born in New York City in 1905, Morris became a full-fledged abstractionist and a founder in 1936 of the American Abstract Artists. He edited "The World of Abstract Art, the group's publication, and was their president from 1948-1950.

Morris had graduated from Yale in 1928 and studied at the League until 1930, when he went to Paris to attend the Academie Moderne. A sculptor, writer, art critic and teacher in addition to abstract painter Morris himself later taught at the Art Students League from 1943-1944, as well as St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland, 1960-1961.

Morris' intrinsic abstract bent was made even clearer by his positive feeling for Hans Arp's sculpture. He and Arp edited the French art magazine, "Plastique." Morris also edited the "Bulletin of the Museum of Modern Art" and "Partisan Review."

He died in 1975 in New York City.

George Lovett Kingsland Morris was widely exhibited. His work is represented in major museums: the Brooklyn Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection and National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

Source: Michael David Zellman, "300 Years of American Art"

  • 35 1/2"H x 28 3/4"W (sight), 40 1/2"H x 33 1/2"W (frame)
  • Artist Name:
  • George L.K. Morris
  • Medium:
  • oil on canvas

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