Although he is best known for his figurative and still-life paintings, in the early 1920s Morris made a number of abstract paintings, influenced by the Italian artist Anton Giulio Bragaglia. Bragaglia’s emphasis was on the dynamic synthesis of forms, and Morris felt that even figurative and landscape paintings were essentially arrangements of forms, lines and planes. This experiment in texture is an exploration of in representing some of the ‘mass, volume and textures that correspond to the very things one is trying to present.’ Morris used impasto techniques in many of his paintings, and texture remained important to his work throughout his career.
Sir Cedric Morris
Experiment in Textures
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 50 x 60 cm © The estate of Sir Cedric Morris
Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, 9th Baronet (11 December 1889 – 8 February 1982) was a British artist, educator and horticulturalist. Born in Swansea, South Wales, Morris worked in London, Paris, Cornwall and Suffolk, where he and his partner Arthur Lett-Haines founded the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing. The school had many notable students, including Maggi Hambling and Lucian Freud. As an artist he is best known for his portraits, flower paintings and landscapes.