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James Wilson Morrice: The A.K. Prakash Collection in Trust to the Nation

Artwork by James Wilson Morrice

James Wilson Morrice, Canal San Nicolò, Lido, Venice, 1904, oil on canvas, 59 x 81 cm. Gift of A.K. Prakash, J.W. Morrice Collection, 2015, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.


Pioneering a fresh and vibrant use of colour, and known for his delicate handling of paint on small-scale wooden pochades, James Wilson Morrice (1865-1924) played a vital role in advancing modern artistic trends in Canada and abroad at the turn of the 20th century. As an expatriate artist in Paris, Morrice became the first Canadian artist to achieve an international reputation. Abroad, he was influenced by renowned such as J. A. M. Whistler and eventually by Fauves including Henri Matisse. Both Morrice and Matisse stayed at the Villa de France Hotel in Tangier and painted similar views from their windows. In this exhibition, stories of Morrice’s widespread travels and rise to fame as one of Canada’s most beloved modernist painters are shared through the passion of an avid collector, A. K. Prakash, who was determined to understand, celebrate and preserve the artist’s legacy for all Canadians. 

Presented at the AGA by Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation.
Supported by the Government of Canada / Avec l'appui du gouvernement du Canada






photo of curator Katerina Atanassova

Katerina Atanassova is the Senior Curator of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada where she has recently overseen the reinstallation of the Canadian art collection in the new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Previously she also reinstalled the permanent collection at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. She has curated award-winning exhibitions of historical and contemporary Canadian art in Canada and abroad, such as William Berczy – Man of Enlightenment (2004), F.H. Varley: Portraits Into the Light (2006), Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, and other European museums, 2011), and James Wilson Morrice: The A.K. Prakash Collection in Trust to the Nation (2017). 


Organized by
  • Art Gallery of Alberta
  • National Gallery of Canada


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Friday: 11am-5pm
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