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Nationality  Canadian
Known for  Painting
Period  Post-Impressionism
Name  James Morrice
Movement  Post Impressionism

James Wilson Morrice Biography MORRICE JAMES WILSON Volume XV 19211930
Born  August 10th, 1865 (1865-08-10) Montreal
Notable work  Prow of a Gondola, Venice
Died  January 23, 1924, Tunis, Tunisia
Artwork  The Ferry, Quebec, Return from School
Education  University of Toronto, Academie Julian
Similar People  Maurice Prendergast, James Abbott McNeill, Walter Sickert, Aubrey Beardsley

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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.


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James Wilson Morrice Biography MORRICE JAMES WILSON Volume XV 19211930

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.

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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:

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  • 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
  • Recognition

    In 1958, works by Morrice along with those of Jacques de Tonnancour, Anne Kahane and Jack Nichols represented Canada at the Venice Biennale.


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