1473: Elemore Morgan, Jr. (Louisiana, 1931-2008)
Elemore Morgan, Jr. (American/Louisiana, 1931-2008), "Water In A Rice Field", acrylic on masonite, 2005, initialed lower right, signed, titled and dated verso, 47-1/2" x 96". Provenance: Private collection, New Orleans, Louisiana. Purchased at Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana. Elemore Morgan, Jr. was and still is recognized as the leading contemporary Louisiana landscape painter. He was best known for the "plein air" acrylics, set in the rice-growing region of southwest Louisiana, where the artist's front porch offered a view such as one in this particular painting. In his treatment of color and light, he was often linked to Impressionists and Fauves of the 19th and early 20th centuries. In his use of bright palate and gestural style he successfully captured the intense heat and shimmering humidity of his natural environment. The size and shape of the masonite panels played an integral part in the design and composition of the paintings, reflecting the great vistas of the prairies and marshes. Elemore Morgan, Jr. was also an educator who taught drawing at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette for 33 years, and until his death in 2008 he tirelessly worked to promote visual and performing arts in Louisiana. He positively impacted the lives of students, fellow artists and friends around him. In 2010, the State of Louisiana has declared that annually, September 18 will be Elemore Morgan, Jr. day.