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Hibernation

1954 Morris Graves Born: Fox Valley, Oregon 1910 Died: Loleta, California 2001 watercolor on paper mounted on paper sheet: 18 1/4 x 26 3/8 in. (46.2 x 66.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.37 Not currently on view


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Graves combined nature with Asian philosophy in Hibernation. This painting depicts an adult mink resting in a fetal position. It is surrounded by a glowing egg, or “Yoga mandala,” which, according to Graves, “blooms” as a result of the mink’s “intense isolation.” Hibernation manifests the artist’s displeasure with the industrial world and his appreciation for rural solitude and the spellbinding quiet of nature.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009

Keywords

Animal

State of being - other - sleep

drawing

paint - watercolor

paper - japanese paper

About Morris Graves

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

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