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Morris Graves (1910 - 2001)

Lot 5: MORRIS GRAVES 1910-2001


September 16, 2005
New York, NY, US

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largest sheet 8 3/4 by 11 3/4 in.

alternate measurements
22.2 by 29.8 cm

comprising a notebook with four double-sided sheets (sketches on both inside covers), 22 additional loose double-sided sheets of various sizes, three single-sided loose sheets; and five assorted wallpaper/scrap paper fragments; pencil on paper, some with watercolor

Condition Note: In various conditions, many soiled from use/handling, some with irregular edges, colors are generally bright

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This collection of sketches and watercolors appears to be of early works from the 1930's, comprised mainly of the birds which were such an important subject for Graves at this period. These include not only domestic and exotic birds, but also animals such as oxen and horses. These works illustrate Graves' intensity of observation and his attempts to capture the essence of his subjects, often with an economy of line.

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September 16, 2005, 12:00 AM EST

New York, NY, US

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