Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, Bt. (1889-1982)
The present work, which was executed using varying widths of pen nib and black ink, is a charming example of Morris’s compositional astuteness and his love for pattern and form...
Morris and Lett remained in Paris until 1925, using their studio as a base while they travelled around Europe and North Africa. The present work, which was executed using varying widths of pen nib and black ink, is a charming example of Morris’s compositional astuteness and his love for pattern and form. In many of his still lifes, Morris distorts perspective to great effect. In this work, the viewer is looking down upon the array of objects and simultaneously directly head-on at them. By moving away from the rigidity of accurate, one-point linear perspective, Morris has created a work that feels more free and expressive in its composition. This approach is also seen in a comparatively similar work painted the same year, titled Patisseries and a Croissant (Tate: T03952).
In this work, it is possible to see Morris developing his own approach to domestic subject matter. Colour is what imbues Morris’s paintings with a sense of personality; however, his drawing form is the driving force behind his unique sense of composition. The juxtaposition of contrasting shapes and lines provides the viewer with a visually playful rendition of reality.