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Morgan Russell "Paris, France"
Artist Biography: Morgan Russell 1886-1953
Morgan Russell was born in New York City in 1886. He was a handsome young man who modeled nude for sculpture classes as a student and made his first trip to Europe at the age of twenty. The Fauves and their brilliant, emotional colors were all the rage and much influenced Russell.
He settled in Paris in 1909, took classes from Matisse and in conjunction with Macdonald-Wright, synthesized their research into what they called Synchronism, meaning simply "with color." It combined the spatial figures of Cubism with full-blast color and pushed beyond any clear images into abstraction. But the flame burned out quickly and Russell all but abandoned the movement by 1916. Consequently, Robert Delaunay was credited with inventing the style.
Physical problems plagued him also; he wrote Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, whose monthly stipends had supported his life abroad, that eye troubles made it impossible to paint with bright hues any longer.
He lived in France in constant poverty, until after World War II. In 1946, he came back to America where be settled near a stepdaughter in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. He died in 1953.
Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.