Morris KantorU.S., b. Russia 1896-1974
Landscape with Figures 65.1120
Kantor, who came to the U.S. in 1911, never strayed far from representational painting although he worked through cubism in the 1920s and spent the 1930s coming to grips with the American landscape using a naïve painting style. By the 1950s when the this landscape was painted, Kantor began to synthesize earlier approaches, interweaving abstraction with figural themes. Explaining his changing styles, Kantor said, "Variety is the living force; repetition the result of stagnation." Kantor spent many years as a teacher at the Art Students' League in New York and was also artist-in-residence at the DMA in 1965.
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