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)
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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