39 3/4 x 50 in. (101 x 127 cm)
(Grand Portage Reservation, Minnesota, 1919 - 2000)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Location: Currently on view
George Morrison worked in a variety of styles throughout his long and illustrious career, but he is best known for works that appear to straddle the space in between abstraction and landscape.
After graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Morrison received a scholarship in 1943 to attend the Art Students League in New York City. In 1953 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the École des Beaux-Art in Paris. Morrison taught at Cornell University and Penn State before accepting an assistant professorship in 1963 at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design.
Morrison’s work encompasses the spiritual significance of his Native American heritage, the density of urban centers, and the sparseness of life in vast, rural spaces. As the artist himself once stated:
I seek the power of the rock, the magic of the water, the religion of the tree, the color of the wind, and the enigma of the horizon.