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A Moor Fire

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Norma Morgan
watercolor on paper
21 3/8 × 29 1/4 in. (54.3 × 74.3 cm)
A spectrum of heat flares in this watercolor by Norma Morgan (1928-2017). The moors of Scotland and England fascinated the African American artist, who recreated them in paintings and engravings during residencies in the early 1950s and 1960s. In this painting, flames range from fire’s hottest violets to coolest reds, with intermediate yellows, oranges, and blues also represented. The fiery tongues dance in abstract shapes, suggesting the dynamism of fire. The overall shape of the blaze is also asymmetrical, like the rugged landscapes that captured Morgan’s attention in the British Isles as well as in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Morgan attended the Whitney School of Art in her hometown of New Haven, Connecticut. After moving to New York City in 1947, she studied with Stanley Hayter at Atelier 17, Julian E. Levi at the Art Students League, and Hans Hofmann at his Greenwich Village school. Between 1969 and 2010, Morgan periodically lived and worked at the Woodstock Art Colony in Woodstock, New York.
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