James Wilson Morrice, “Canal San Nicolo, Lido, Venice,” 1904, oil on canvas, 59 x 81 cm. National Gallery of Canada

The first exhibition of the A.K. Prakash Collection of works by James Wilson Morrice (1865-1924), one of Canada’s most celebrated modernist artists, will adorn the walls of this renowned institution soon.

Recently gifted to the National Gallery of Canada, the entire donation from the A.K. Prakash Collection of 49 works by James Morrice — 45 paintings in oil and four watercolors — will be on display. The exhibition, titled “James Wilson Morrice: The A.K. Prakash Collection in Trust to the Nation,” and the accompanying publication bring to life the passion of an avid collector and philanthropist, Ash K. Prakash, who was determined to understand and celebrate the artist’s legacy.

James Wilson Morrice, “The Regatta,” circa 1902-1907, oil on panel, 23.4 x 32.8 cm. National Gallery of Canada

Via the NGC, “Taking visitors on a three-decade journey of collecting, this exhibition in the Masterpiece in Focus series explores the relationship between collector A.K. Prakash and his artist of choice, James Wilson Morrice, weaving the intricate story of the artist with that of the collector. Pioneering a fresh and vibrant use of colour, and known for his delicate handling of paint on small-scale wooden pochades, Morrice played a vital role in advancing modern artistic trends in Canada and abroad at the turn of the 20th century. The stories around his widespread travels and rise to fame as one of Canada’s most beloved modernist painters are shared through the passion of an avid collector who was determined to understand, celebrate, and preserve the artist’s legacy for all Canadians.”

To learn more, visit the National Gallery of Canada.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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