Cedric Morris

Wales / 1889 - 1982 / wikipedia
British painter and teacher, born at Sketty, Glamorgan, the son of Sir George Lockwood Morris, to whose baronetcy he succeeded in 1947. He took up art seriously shortly before the First World War; he attended various academies in Paris but was essentially self-taught. During the war, his delicate health prevented him from enlisting in the army, but he was a good horseman and helped Munnings in training horses that were to be sent to the Front.

Soon after the end of the war Morris met the painter Arthur Lett-Haines, and although each had other liaisons, they lived together until Lett's death 60 years later. After a short period in Newlyn, 1919–20, they lived in Paris from 1921-26, then London from 1926-29, before settling in East Anglia. In 1937 they founded the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, originally at Dedham, Essex, then from 1940 at Hadleigh, Suffolk, where they lived permanently from this date. The school was anti-academic in approach: "what the pupil felt about appearances mattered more than what he or she saw: drawing, dictated by feeling, could employ emotive distortion" (Frances Spalding, British Art Since 1900, 1986). Well-known students of the... (http://artuk.org/discover/artists/morris-cedric-lockwood-18891982)

Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, 9th Baronet (11 Dec. 1889 – 8 Feb. 1982); British artist, art teacher and plantsman. He was born in Swansea in South Wales, but worked mainly in East Anglia. As an artist he is best known for his portraits, flower paintings and landscapes.

Cedric Morris had a distinctive and often rather primitive post-Impressionist style, and painted portraits, landscapes and very decorative still lifes of flowers and birds. In his analysis of Morris's paintings, Richard Morphet has suggested that the "unusual force of Cedric's paintings derives from the projection of the subject through a dynamic economy in combination with an acute sense of pictorial realism." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedric_Morris)
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