Artist Birthdays, August 10: WILLIAM HARNETT, JAMES MORRIS

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WILLIAM HARNETT (August 10, 1848 – October 29, 1892)

  • Nationality: Irish-American
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Still Life, Trompe L’Oeil
  • ARTiFact: His paintings are so lifelike that viewers often reach out to touch the works or try to grasp the objects to determine if they are real or painted.
  • Artist Quote: “I endeavour to make the composition tell a story.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): The Artist’s Letter Rack (detail), 1879.

William Harnett. The Artist's Letter Rack (detail). 1879.

J. W. MORRICE (August 10, 1865 – January 23, 1924)

  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Post-Impressionism, Fauvism
  • ARTiFact: Known as a flâneur – or a person who walks the city in order to experience it – as he often depicted observations of ordinary life and people passing by at cafes, boulevards or out of the way places.
  • Artist Quote: “I grasp even the smallest moments of pleasure which I come across.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Gondolas, Venice, 1901-2.

James Wilson Morrice. Gondolas, Venice. 1901 - 1902. The Thomson Collection © Art Gallery of Ontario.

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