Born in Montréal, Quebec in 1865. Died in Tunis, Tunisia in 1924. James Wilson Morrice RCA, who was born into an affluent Montréal family, studied law in Toronto from 1882 to 1886. After graduating and being admitted to the Bar, he devoted himself entirely to painting. In 1888, he exhibited his works for the first time. Towards 1890, he made a decisive trip to Europe, and only ever returned to Canada for short periods. In Paris, Morrice studied with Harpignies, who elicited his interest in landscape and encouraged him to paint from nature. He admired Whistler’s work, was a regular at literary circles and formed a friendship with Somerset Maughan. Between 1890 and 1924, Morrice travelled a great deal, first in Brittany and then Venice, North Africa—specifically Morocco, where he shared a studio with Matisse—and Tunisia. He also travelled to the West Indies and the Caribbean (Cuba, Trinidad and Jamaica).

Works
Winter Landscape with Horse-drawn Sleigh - circa 1896, oil on panel. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
The Citadel, Quebec - 1897, oil on canvas. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
View of Quebec City From The River - 1897, oil on panel. Edmonton Art Gallery
The Beach at St. Malo - 1898 - 1899, oil sketch on panel. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Venice, Looking Out over the Lagoon - circa 1904, oil on canvas. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Figures on a River Embankment, Brittany - circa 1905, oil sketch on panel. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Paris by Night - circa 1909-1910, oil on panel. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
View of a North African Town - 1912-1914, oil on panel. Art Gallery of Hamilton
Tangiers - 1912, oil on canvas. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
The Pond, West Indies - circa 1921, oil on canvas. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
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