James W. Morrice. The A.K. Prakash Collection in Trust to the Nation
13 Oct 2017 - 18 Mar 2018
Taking visitors on a three-decade journey of collecting, this exhibition in the Masterpieces in Focus series explores the relationship between collector A. K. Prakash and his artist of choice, James W. 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.
James Wilson Morrice, The Pink House, Montreal (also The Old House, Montreal), c. 1905-1908, oil on canvas, 61.3 x 50 cm. Gift of A.K. Prakash, J.W. Morrice Collection, 2015, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: NGC