Hibernation

  • Morris Graves, Hibernation, 1954, watercolor on paper mounted on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.37

Exhibition Label
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

Title
Hibernation
Artist
Date
1954
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 18 1/4 x 26 3/8 in. (46.2 x 66.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on paper mounted on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal
  • State of being – other – sleep
Object Number
1986.6.37
Palette
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