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Folded Wings--Memory--& the Moon Weeping

ca. 1942-1943 Morris Graves Born: Fox Valley, Oregon 1910 Died: Loleta, California 2001 ink wash and gouache on paper sheet: 29 3/8 x 23 3/4 in. (74.6 x 60.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Michael and Caryl Marsh 1969.78 Not currently on view


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

Keywords

Allegory - other - memory

Animal - bird

Animal - other - skeleton

Landscape - celestial - moon

State of being - emotion - sorrow

drawing

ink

paint - gouache

paper - wove paper

About Morris Graves

Born: Fox Valley, Oregon 1910 Died: Loleta, California 2001

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