George Morrison (Ojibwe, 1919-2000). Oil on canvas painting titled "Descent on the Avenue" depicting an abstract scene painted with thick and vivid colors harmoniously dancing along the surface of the canvas, 1962. Signed and dated along the lower right. Further signed and titled along the verso.
Provenance: Freeman Fine Arts, "Jewelry - Furniture & Decorative Arts - Paintings - Prints & Sculpture," February 14, 2011, Lot 1280, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Private Minnesota Collection.
As described on page 101 of his memoir "Turning the Feather Around" by Morrison:
"I went through a period of using thick paint, starting from the late 50's all through the 60's. This gave more immediacy to the painting. Putting the paint on without thinning it with oil, using acrylic paint without any water added.. Putting it thick on the brush and then on the canvas with broad strokes, showing the thickness and movement of the pigment. Some of the paints right out of the tube...This was my version of gestural painting...Movement of the paint became an integral part of the idea of the painting....the artist was more conscious of the paint itself, and that became the painting."
Sight; height: 12 in x width: 18 in. Framed; height: 12 1/2 in x width: 18 3/4 in.
The item is in generally good condition with no visible tears, or major creases or losses. The surface is stable, and the color is bold and deep. No visible sign of restoration under UV light. There are several deep cracks to thick paint surfaces; please refer to the listing image, possibly original to the artistic process. Along the extreme edges, there are several scattered areas with minute paint losses against the frame. Along the verso, there is heavy soiling and toning; there is a network of minute accretions along the upper margin. Wear to the frame.
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