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Taurus

1965 George L. K. Morris Born: New York, New York 1905 Died: Stockbridge, Massachusetts 1975 marble 31 3/4 x 11 x 8 3/4 in. (80.7 x 28.0 x 22.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Stanley and Eleanor Zuckerman 1991.174 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50A


Luce Center Quote

“I find that my own compositions are most frequently set in motion by a series of movements in opposition that come into my mind before even a sketch of them appears on paper.” George L. K. Morris, Partisan Review, September-October 1941

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In his paintings and sculptures, George L. K. Morris used the direction and weight of abstract shapes to express a tension between movement and stillness. During the 1960s, he devoted all of his time to painting and sculpture in his studio in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Morris carved this piece from pale pink marble, polishing the surface to a smooth finish that highlights the natural striations of pink and gray. The hornlike protrusions may have been inspired by Taurus, the great white bull from Greek mythology who was thought to be the god Zeus in disguise.

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Abstract

sculpture

stone - marble

About George L. K. Morris

Born: New York, New York 1905 Died: Stockbridge, Massachusetts 1975

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