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Spring with Machine Age Noise No. 3

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Spring with Machine Age Noise No. 3


Morris Graves

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

I hate the crushing ‘progress’ that is killing this Far West country . . . The roads that have been smashed through a woods in a day—a single day!—with bulldozers . . . and the houses (flashy shacks) that are being built in a day along these roads . . . breaks my heart— HELL is here and now in all its Dante-terror and its chief demons are members of the Chamber of Commerce clubs, and ‘Progress’ clubs and ‘Improvement’ clubs.

— Morris Graves to Marian Willard, 1952
Ink and transparent and opaque watercolor on paper
26 1/4 × 54 3/4 in. (66.7 × 139.1 cm)
Gift of the Marshall and Helen Hatch Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: [Willard Gallery, New York, 1980]; Marshall and Helen Hatch, Seattle, Washington, 1980; by gift to the Seattle Art Museum, 2005 (transferred with bequest, 2012)
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Henry Gallery, One Night of Color, Feb. 7, 1981

Osaka, Japan, National Museum of Art, Pacific Northwest Artists and Japan, Oct. 2- Nov. 28, 1982.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Center, Bumberbiennale, Labor Day Weekend, 1987.

Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical, June 19-September 7, 2014. Text by Patricia Junker. No cat. no., reproduced pl. 47, p. 85.

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