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Morris Graves: Hibernation, 1954

Hibernation , 1954

Morris Graves, Born: Fox Valley, Oregon 1910, Died: Loleta, California 2001, watercolor on paper mounted on paper, sheet: 18 1/4 x 26 3/8 in. (46.2 x 66.9 cm)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation



Graves, an artist from the Northwest school, combined nature with Asian philosophy in Hibernation. This painting depicts an adult mink resting in a fetal position. It is surrounded by a glowing egg, or “Yoga mandala,” which, according to Graves, “blooms” as a result of the mink’s “intense isolation.” Hibernation manifests the artist’s displeasure with the industrial world and his appreciation for rural solitude and the spellbinding quiet of nature.


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Taken on June 26, 2009