Taurus

  • George L. K. Morris, Taurus, 1965, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Stanley and Eleanor Zuckerman, 1991.174

Luce Center Label

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.

Luce Object 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

Title
Taurus
Artist
Date
1965
On View
Dimensions
31 3/4 x 11 x 8 3/4 in. (80.7 x 28.0 x 22.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Stanley and Eleanor Zuckerman

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1991.174
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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