James Wilson Morrice, Canal San Nicolò, Lido, Venice (detail), 1904, oil on canvas, 59 x 81 cm. Gift of A.K. Prakash, J.W. Morrice Collection, 2015, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: NGC

James Wilson Morrice. The A. K. Prakash Collection in Trust to the Nation

Taking visitors on a three-decade journey of collecting, this exhibition in the Masterpiece in Focus series explores the relationship between collector A. K. Prakash and his artist of choice, James Wilson 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.

What is a pochade?

Do you know what a pochade is? Featured in the Morrice exhibition , this small figurative painting is typically executed rapidly by an artist outdoors. It is a type of sketch. Learn more in this featured video.

What a "pochade" is?


Friday, October 13, 2017 Sunday, March 18, 2018


National Gallery of Canada Gallery C218
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

On Tour

My relationship with Morrice and his work is that of a lover and a beloved.

– Ash K. Prakash


Featured Videos

The Artist

James Wilson Morrice: The Artist

Learn more about the life and work of James Wilson Morrice.

A Modernist

James Wilson Morrice: A Modernist

Why do we call James Wilson Morrice a modernist?

A Connection

James Wilson Morrice: A Connection

How does A. K. Prakash relate to the work of James Wilson Morrice?

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