George Morrison “Arterial Structure” Painting

George Morrison (Ojibwe, 1919-2000). Abstract ink and watercolor painting on paper titled “Arterial Structure.” Signed, inscribed “Antibes,” and dated January 1953 along the lower margin. Further signed and titled in pen along the backing. Inscribed “Purchased May 1955 at Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis, Minn” in red pen along the backing. Provenance: The artist sold this work at the Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Private Minnesota Collection. After completing his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, Morrison moved his family to the Mediterranean resort town of Antibes along the French Riviera. He often frequented Cap d’Antibes, a rugged forested peninsula that inspired numerous works including the example offered here. Utilizing the “automatic” or free-association drawing techniques of the Surrealists he produced a web-like pattern of interlacing lines and shapes that resembled the rocky outcroppings of the cape’s coast. Sight; height: 19 in x width: 24 1/2 in. Framed; height: 27 1/4 in x width: 33 1/2 in.