Peregrine Falcons1942 by Cedric Morris

In Peregrine Falcons, Morris does not attempt to record the exact physical detail of the birds or their surroundings. Instead he presents them in a slightly formalised and simplified manner, the intention of which is, in his own words, to 'provoke a lively sympathy with the mood of the birds which ornithological exactitude may tend to destroy' (quoted in Morphet, p.86).

This lively sympathy is further enhanced by animating the paint's surface. As early as 1922 Morris's use of texture had been noted by at least one reviewer, who wrote, 'the light dances among the waves of paint, flickering brightly, so the whole work takes on the appearance of a mosaic, or precious enamel' ...In Peregrine Falcons the use of a spiky impasto for the birds and background enlivens them and gives them an actual physical presence. The composition of the painting and Morris's use of colour forcefully underscore the falcons's status as... (
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Media: oil on canvas