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Lived/Active: California      Known for: still life, figure-genre, mod view

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

The following was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.

Morris Broderson was born on November 4, 1928 in Los Angeles, California.  He studied at the Pasadena Art Museum, University of California at Los Angeles and University of Southern California.  His childhood was spent in a series of schools for the deaf, and in time he learned to read lips and to talk, though he most often resorted to scribbling out his thoughts on the big yellow pad he always carried with him. 

He lived by himself in a small rented house in Los Angeles.  Once a race-track janitor, he put things on canvas that should be cruel and repellent, but turned out to be all compassion.  In Tiajuana, he once saw the carcass of a bull that had just been killed in the ring, and upon it, the toreador had placed some red roses.  After that, Broderson did a series of dead bulls whose bloated bodies sprouted bouquets of flowers.  Broderson's work, in oil, watercolor and pastels, is primarily realistic still lives.  Rich with color and pattern, humanistic and passionate, his paintings reveal his concerns with man's emotional response to the world around him.  His use of intense color and complex careful composition unifies seemingly disparate material.   

Sources include:   
American Artists, Les Krantz, Publisher   
Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers   
Time Magazine, September 12, 1960

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Painter Morris Broderson, born in 1928, worked in oil, watercolor and pastel, primarily painting realistic still-lifes of the objects he assembles.  Rich in the color and pattern these passionate paintings reveal his concern with man's emotional response to the world around him.

In his early paintings, allegorical themes such as the Crucifixion, poet Garcia Lorca and Kabuki legends prevail.  Later, he depicted both exotic and common objects, flowers, embellished vases, textiles and some portraiture.  The images are almost fantasy, saturated with a multitude of associations and references.

The artist was educated at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.  His awards include New Talent USA from Art in America, and First Prize and Purchase at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  He exhibited at the M.H. De Young Museum, San Francisco, and the University of Arizona, Tucson.  His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.

Les Krantz, American Artists, Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporary Artists

Morris Gaylord Broderson died January 5, 2011.

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