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JAMES WILSON MORRICE, R.C.A. (1865-1924)

 
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James Wilson Morrice was born in Montreal in 1865, the son of a wealthy merchant. From 1882 to 1889, he studied in Toronto to become a lawyer. As a student he began to paint landscapes in the Adirondacks and at Lake Champlain. He exhibited a painting with the Royal Canadian Academy in 1888, and in 1889, two of his paintings were hung in the spring show of the Montreal Art Association. When he was 24, he abandoned law to become an artist. He travelled to Europe, where he studied art at the Académie Julian with Henri Harpignies and became friends with Henri Matisse, Albert Marquet, and other avant-garde French artists.

Morrice lived in Paris, but until the death of his parents he spent most of his winters in Montreal, sometimes sketching with Maurice Cullen and William Brymner, two Canadian impressionists. An accomplished musician and avid reader, Morrice established himself in the English-speaking literary and art circles of Paris. He adopted a way of working which he would continue the rest of his life, going out each day to record his impressions - on small wooden panels, some of them no bigger than a postcard, the bigger works were done in his studio at a later time.

Morrice was a wealthy man and did not have to work for a living. This gave him the freedom to travel to Italy, Belgium, Holland, Great Britain, Algeria, Jamaica, and Cuba to paint. Twice he travelled with Matisse to paint in Tangier (1912 and 1913). During World War I, he was commissioned to paint the Canadian troops in action in Picardy. At this time he also started a series of portraits and model studies since travelling was more difficult. After the war his health began to deteriorate, having developed stomach problems due to alcohol abuse. Feeling well again around Christmas 1920, Morrice spent a few weeks in Canada, painting around Quebec City, then a few weeks in Trinidad before returning to Paris. In the summer of 1922 he travelled to Algiers, where he painted with Albert Marquet. After this trip his health rapidly deteriorated and was unable to paint anymore. Morrice died while on a visit to Tunis in January 1924.

 
   
 
 
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View Towards Levis from Quebec, 1909
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La Place Chateaubriand, Saint-Malo, ca. 1899-1903
Oil on canvas 29" x 36.3/8" (Sold)
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Umbrellas on the Beach, Brittany, c. 1896
Oil on panel 13" x 9½" (Sold)
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Café - Paris
Oil on panel 5 1/4" x 6 3/4" (Sold)
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Dufferin Terrace, Quebec, June 1910
Oil on panel 4 1/2" x 6" (Sold)
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Tangiers, The Horseman, ca. 1912-22
Oil on panel 9.4" x 13" (Sold)
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On the Beach, St. Malo
Oil on panel 7" x 9 3/4" (Sold)
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Breton Women Walking, ca. 1905
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Boating in Brittany, 1904
Oil on panel 5" x 6" (Sold)
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Venice, ca. 1903
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Circus at Santiago, Cuba, ca. 1915
Oil on panel 5 1/4" x 6 3/4" (Sold)
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Regatta at Cancale, ca. 1904
Oil on panel 9 1/4" x 13" (Sold)
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Algerian Negress
Oil on panel 13.1/4" x 10.1/2" (Sold)
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