Artist biography

James Wilson MORRICE 1865–1924

Canadian landscape painter. Born 10 August 1865 at Montreal. Educated at Toronto University 1882–6 and studied law 1886–9. Went to Europe 1889 or 1890, visiting Holland; then studied art in Paris at the Académie Julian and under Harpignies. Worked mainly in France, returning to Canada every year until 1915; also painted in Venice, North Africa (with Matisse at Tangiers in the winters of 1911–12 and 1912–13), Cuba and the West Indies. Exhibited in Paris at the Société Nationale and, from 1905, the Salon d'Automne; with several Canadian societies and at Wm. Scott and Sons of Montreal; in London at the Goupil Gallery and, from 1901, with the International Society (associate 1904). Commissioned to do a painting for the War Memorials collection, Ottawa. Retrospective exhibition at the Salon d'Automne 1923. Died 23 January 1924 at Tunis. Memorial exhibitions at the Art Association of Montreal 1925, the Galleries Simonson, Paris, 1926, and as part of the Canadian Art exhibition at the Jeu de Paume 1927; also in the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 1958.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II