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Eagle in the Rock

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Eagle in the Rock


Morris Graves

born Fox Valley, Oregon, 1910; died Loleta, California, 2001

Ink and opaque watercolor on tissue collaged to paperboard
27 x 43 7/16 in.
Gift of Robert M. Shields
Provenance: PROVENANCE {The artist to Richard Gilkey (1925-1997), Seattle; consigned to [Allan V. Salsbury, Interior Designer, Seattle]; sold to Robey Yacovi, Seattle}; sold to Robert McKay Shields (1917-2012), Seattle, by 1956
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view



New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Morris Graves Retrospective Exhibition, organized by the Art Galleries of the University of California, Los Angeles, February 28-April 8, 1956 (Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection, April 15-May 7, 1956; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, May 19-June 30, 1956; des Moines, Iowa, The Des Moines Art Center, July 21-August 26, 1956; San Francisco, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, [no dates given]; Los Angeles, Art Galleries of the University of California, November 5-December 2, 1956; La Jolla, California, Art Center, December 10, 1956-January 15, 1957; Seattle, Seattle Art museum, February 7-March 10, 1957). Text by Frederick S. Wight, John I. H. Baur, and Duncan Phillips. Cat. no. 25, reproduced p. 29 [lent by Robert M. Shields].

Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection, Morris Graves: Vision of the Inner Eye, April 9-May 29, 1983 (Greenville, South Carolina, Greenville County Museum of Art, July 1-August 28, 1983; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, September 15-November 27, 1983; Oakland, California, The Oakland Museum, January 18-March 25, 1984; Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, April 19-July 8, 1984; San Diego, California, San Diego Museum of Art, July 24-Septemebr 4, 1984). Text by Ray Kass and Theodore Wolff. Cat. no. 30, reproduced.

Seattle, Washington, Foster/White Gallery, Morris Graves, January 14-February 8, 1993.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Bird Sanctuary, August 17, 1995-February 11, 1996. No catalogue.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Morris Graves and Seattle, November 1, 2001 - October 20, 2002. No catalogue.

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