By Wayne Larsen
James Wilson Morrice (18651924) was once a Canadian painter of outstanding ardour and straightforwardness whose canvases and oil sketches are valued during the global and loved in Canada as our first genuine examples of contemporary art.
Though reduce brief through persistent alcohol abuse, Morrice's stressed bohemian lifestyles was once spent in consistent movement. From the vibrant canals of Venice to the sun-drenched markets of North Africa to the snowy streets of Quebec urban, he used to be, as his pal Henri Matisse defined him, "always over hill and dale, a bit like a migrating chook yet with none very fastened touchdown place."
In James Wilson Morrice, Wayne Larsen chronicles the inventive yet frequently bothered lifetime of this early cultural icon as he travels looking for the colors, compositions, and refined results of sunshine that might encourage a revolution in Canadian art.
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