Landscape, West Indies

Oil on canvas
Collection Power Corporation of Canada
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A Canadian painter depicting a West Indies landscape, James W. Morrice drew on particularities of light and color to paint an environment continentally related but entirely unlike the landscape of his birth. Trained in Europe, Morrice developed a personal modernist style that recalled the work of Robert Henri of the United States and Henri Matisse of France and yet was entirely his own. Using gestural lines and swathes of color in the place of detailed specificity, Morrice captured a West Indian community with a vibrancy that is felt through his earthy colors and windswept foliage.