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Morris Graves

Morris Graves


Imogen Cunningham

American, 1883-1976

During the 1950s, Cunningham photographed a number of artists, poets, and writers both on the West and East Coasts. In this psychologically penetrating portrait of Northwest artist Morris Graves, she had spent a day with him on his private property located outside of Seattle, and produced this deeply introspective image. Over three decades, Cunningham would return to this subject, photographing him on a number of occasions and creating works of great intensity, calm, and solitude, as expressed in the adjacent portrait of Graves in his garden.
Gelatin silver print
8 9/16 x 10 9/16 in. (21.8 x 26.9 cm)
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryTacoma, Washington, Tacoma Art Museum, The Innovative Photography of Imogen Cunningham from the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum, Dec. 15, 1995 - Mar. 24, 1996.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Morris Graves and Seattle, Nov. 1, 2001 - Oct. 20, 2002.
Published ReferencesWolff, Theodore F. Morris Graves: The Early Works (La Conner, Washington: Museum of Northwest Art, 1998); reproduced p. 7.

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