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Zoomable Image of Hillside Houses, Deià, Mallorca, 1925

Hillside Houses, Deià, Mallorca, 1925

Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, Bt. (1889-1982)

Hillside Houses, Deià, Mallorca, 1925

Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, Bt. (1889-1982)

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Materials:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

24 x 24 in (61 x 61 cm)

Provenance:

Arthur Tooth & Sons, London 1928 The Minories, Colchester by 2002 Private collection, UK

Literature:

Reynolds, G. and Grace, D., (Eds). 2002. Benton End Remembered: Cedric Morris, Arthur Lett-Haines and The East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing. Norwich: Unicorn Press, p. 44

Exhibited:

Paintings by Cedric Morris. 1928. Arthur Tooth & Sons, London. 9–25 May, No 27

Inscriptions:

Signed and dated with initials ‘C.M. 25’ verso, Location given as ‘Deià Majorca’ inscribed verso

The idyllic sun-drenched town of Deià would have provided Morris with a wonderful opportunity to explore a wealth of Mediterranean colours...

In March 1925, Morris and Lett withdrew their rental of a first-floor studio at 39 rue Liancourt XIVE, Paris, and began an extended period of travel. They journeyed through southern France and Belgium before returning to Britain, at which point Morris travelled to Cornwall, where he spent the remainder of the summer months. They were based there from 1919 to 1920, before departing for the French capital. In November 1925, Morris travelled independently to the small coastal village of Deià in the Serra de Tramuntana in northern Mallorca, where he most likely spent the whole month before moving on to Algeria and Tunisia in December that year. The town of Deià was a tranquil refuge for many bohemian expatriates following the First World War, most notably including the poet Robert Graves (1895–1985), who would move there in 1926, a year after Morris visited.

The idyllic sun-drenched town of Deià would have provided Morris with a wonderful opportunity to explore a wealth of Mediterranean colours. The rich blue hues of the coastal waters and the deep yellows, oranges and greens of the olive trees and orange groves that adorn the rugged hillside are emphasised in this work to great effect using a heavy impasto. Dabbing small notes of unblended colour across the canvas surface in methodical rows, Morris struck upon a technique that became highly individual to him. In the present work, this approach can be seen with clarity.

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