| James Morrice|
| August 10th, 1865 (1865-08-10) Montreal|
Prow of a Gondola, Venice
January 23, 1924, Tunis, Tunisia
The Ferry, Quebec, Return from School
University of Toronto, Academie Julian
Maurice Prendergast, James Abbott McNeill, Walter Sickert, Aubrey Beardsley
James Wilson Morrice Wikipedia
James Wilson Morrice (August 10, 1865 – January 23, 1924) was a significant Canadian landscape painter. He studied at the Académie Julian in Paris, France, where he lived for most of his career. James Morrice Street in New Bordeaux, Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Montreal is named in his memory.
Morrice was born in Montreal, the son of a wealthy merchant, and studied law in Toronto from 1882 to 1889. In 1890 he left to study painting in England. The next year he arrived in Paris, where he studied at the Académie Julian from 1892-7. At Julians he befriended Charles Conder and Maurice Prendergast, and also met Robert Henri.
Morrice continued to live in Paris until the First World War, although he spent most of his winters in Canada. He made many connections in the intellectual circles of Paris, while also remaining in touch with the Canadian art world:
joined the Salon d'Automne, 1905
joined the Canadian Art Club, 1907
elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy, 1913
During this period he was also regularly in contact with English expatriate intellectuals living in Paris, such as W. Somerset Maugham, Arnold Bennett, and Clive Bell. In the winter of 1911-12 he shared a studio with Matisse in Tangiers.
With the advent of World War I, Morrice fled to Montreal, and then to Cuba. There he began to succumb to alcoholism. The output of his last period is uneven and infrequent. In the summer of 1922 he travelled to Algiers, where he painted with Albert Marquet. This would be the last time that he painted, as his health began to rapidly deteriorate. He died, aged 58, in Tunis.
Morrice's paintings before the turn of the century are thinly painted and inspired by Whistler, both in sentiment and in treatment of colour. Just prior to World War I he began to paint, in a thicker style, winter Canadian scenes influenced by the Impressionists. Some of his works during his Caribbean period are considered his best and are painted in a loose style influenced by Van Gogh.Prow of a Gondola, Venice, 1897 National Gallery of Canada
Return from School, 1901
Quai des Grands-Augustins, 1903. The National Gallery of Canada
The Ferry, Quebec, 1906. NGC
Blanche Baume, 1912. NGC
House in Santiago, 1915 Tate Gallery
Village Street, West Indies, 1919. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
In 1958, works by Morrice along with those of Jacques de Tonnancour, Anne Kahane and Jack Nichols represented Canada at the Venice Biennale.