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 Hilda Deutsch Grossman Morris  (1911 - 1991)

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Lived/Active: Washington/New York      Known for: avant-garde bronze sculpture, painting, drawing

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Hilda Deutsch in New York City, Hilda Morris was a painter, sculptor in bronze and cement, and late in her career a sumi artist working in Japanese ink and in an abstract style linked to her sculpture.  She also did illustration work including the cover drawing for Poetry Northwest, spring 1969.

In 1938, with the desire to work away from her hometown of New York, she applied and was accepted to the Spokane Art Center to be a WPA artist.  Shortly after her arrival, she won a purchase award for her watercolor Landscape at the Seattle Art Museum's Northwest Annual, an important regional event.  The work was rare for this artist because her reputation was primarily for modernist sculpture.  At the Art Center, she worked under the direction of painter Carl Morris, whom she later married, and in 1940, the couple moved to Seattle.

In an attempt to maintain artistic independence from her painter husband, she consciously focused on sculpture, but later feeling confident of her reputation, she again returned to painting.  However, she was rarely regarded as secondary to her husband artistically, and the marriage was described as "a model of mutual professional support and achievement and achievement". . . (Trenton, 117).

Of Hilda Morris moving to the Northwest, it was written that she "brought a cosmopolitan background to the Spokane Arts Center where she established a sculpture department and brought a broad knowledge of the international art world gleaned in New York...... (Trenton, 117).

In New York, she had been a student at the Art Students League and the Cooper Union School and had been subjected to the prevalent influences, American and European, on the art scene of that mileau.  However, moving to Washington state, she developed a deep interest in that northwest culture, and especially the Asian influences on that culture.  Morris and her husband were reinforced in those interests by their close friendship with Seattle artist Mark Tobey (1890-1976).

In 2006, the Portland Art Museum held a retrospective exhibition of more than 50 sculptures, drawings and paintings by Hilda Morris.

Source:
Patricia Trenton, Independent Spirits
Southwest Art
, April 2006


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From the Seattle Times, March 25, 2001:

Wells Fargo announced it has donated a rare and large-scale bronze sculpture titled Myth of the Sea, by Portland artist Hilda Morris to the Tacoma Art Museum.  The work is valued at $110,000. The work is temporarily located at the University of Washington's Tacoma campus and will be here until the museum's new building is complete in 2003.

The sculpture weighs 2,500 pounds.  It was commissioned in 1971 for the lobby of Pacific National Bank, which later merged with Wells Fargo.

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