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Wayne Morrell (American, 1923-2013), "(Summer Garden) Red Poppies & Sunlight", oil on canvas, signed and dated 1971

Wayne Morrell (American, 1923-2013), "(Summer Garden) Red Poppies & Sunlight", oil on canvas, signed and dated 1971

Item Description:

Signed lower right (recto), titled "(Summer Garden) Red Poppies & Sunlight", signed "by Wayne Morrell", dated "1971", and located "Rockport, Mass" in artist's hand (verso), matted and framed.


Appears fine. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Private collection


Sight: Height 16 in. x Width 21 in.

Frame: Height 27 in. x Width 23 in.

About The Artist:

Wayne Morrell was born in Clementon, New Jersey in 1923. He attended the Philadelphia School of Industrial Arts and became a commercial artist. He did not begin painting until 1953 and left his commercial design career in 1961 to paint full time.

Morrell lived and worked in Rockport, Massachusetts, a town that was once a bustling art colony in the 1920s and 1930s. Morrell became known for his impressionistic paintings of his New England surroundings. Impressionist artists painted en plein air, or outdoors, to capture the natural light and shadows exactly how they perceived it. They painted with broad, gestural brushstrokes. Morrell was active within the New England art community and was a member of many artists associations. These associations included the Allied Artists of America, Grand Central Art Galleries, American Artists Professional League, the Salmagundi Club, Hudson Valley Artists, Springfield Academic Artists, Southern Vermont Art Association, and the Rockport Art Association.

Morrell's painting of a summer garden shows the bright, vibrant colors for which the artist is known. He was able to capture these colors by painting en plein air. This scene was painted in Rockport and the figure in the middle ground is likely a resident of the town. The figure is surrounded by flowers and is barely visible. The trail is overshadowed by the flowers' long stems and is consistent with the theme of the formidable power of nature.


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