Morris Graves’s Goats: Heroes and Fantasies

Graves, Morris
Irish Goat
1955
Oil on canvas
American
38 x 52 inches
2013:15.1
Van Duyn Art Museum Fund Purchase/Other Sources

Morris Graves’s Goats: Heroes and Fantasies

December 13, 2014 to April 19, 2015

Inspired by the special loan of Hero: Portrait of the Irish Celtic Temperament and the museum’s recent acquisition of Irish Goat, this selection of paintings and works on paper showcases Morris Graves’s goat imagery from the 1950s. These animals were of particular interest to Graves during a period of respite in the Irish countryside (1954–64). The landscape and climate in Ireland reminded Graves of his native Pacific Northwest, and he drew from the local livestock, wildlife, and folklore for inspiration. Graves’s images of goats—which ranged from careful studies to imaginative fantasy drawings—reveal his fascination with a commonplace creature.