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Morris Blackburn (1902 - 1979 )


1902-1979

Morris Blackburn was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1902. He began studying art at the age of twenty at the Graphic Sketch Club and the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. He continued his education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Blackburn is best known for his vivid, colorful watercolor paintings, but he was also a printmaker, a muralist, and one of the original pioneers of silkscreen printing in the early 1940s. He is also well known for his diaries. From 1942 to 1979, he meticulously recorded many details about his life as an instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, how he experimented with different media (including pottery, murals, painting, and furniture construction), sales of his work, and information about his personal life.

In the early 1920s, Blackburn became a faculty member at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1928 and 1929 he was honored with two Cresson Traveling Scholarships and with a John Guggenheim Fellowship in 1952. Morris Blackburn died in Philadelphia in 1979.

(Laura Levatino, Spring 2007)



Jersey Shore


Jersey Shore, 1951, lithograph, 12 x 18 7/8 inches. Photograph courtesy The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd. (see link below).

Like many residents of Philadelphia, Morris Blackburn enjoyed visiting the Jersey shore. The print shown above is a lithograph made in 1951 after one such visit.

References:

DolanMaxwell.com (see link below).

Artnet.com (see link below).

http://www.struve.biz/Artists/AvantGarde/Blackburn/blackburn.htm

http://www.askart.com/askart/b/morris_atkinson_blackburn/morris_atkinson_blackburn.aspx

Links:
http://www.philaprintshop.com
http://www.dolanmaxwell.com/Morris%20Blackburn%20bio.htm
http://www.artnet.com/artist/641253/morris-blackburn.html
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