• Post-War & Contemporary Mornin auction at Christies

    Sale 2220

    Post-War & Contemporary Morning Session

    11 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 188

    Morris Graves (1910-2001)

    Bird on Rock

    Price Realised  


    Morris Graves (1910-2001)
    Bird on Rock
    signed with initial, inscribed and dated 'Dear Xenia + John Rock -- aug. 1, 43 AFFECTIONATELY M.' (Upper and lower edge)
    gouache and ink on paper
    26¾ x 30½ in. (68 x 77.5 cm.)
    Painted in 1943.

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    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of John Cage and Merce Cunningham, Sold to Benefit the Merce Cunningham Trust


    Washington, D.C., The Philips Collection; Greenville, Greenville County Museum of Art; New York, Whitney Museum of Art; Oakland, The Oakland Museum; Seattle, Seattle Art Museum; San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Morris Graves: Vision of the Inner Eye, April 1983-September 1984, n.p. no. 48 (illustrated)
    Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art; Houston, The Menil Collection; New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Tokyo, Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center, Rolywholyover A Circus, September 1993-June 1995.