Kathleen Moir Morris

Kathleen Moir Morris - Heffel Gallery

Kathleen Moir Morris

1893 - 1986
AAM ARCA BHG

Kathleen Moir Morris was born in Montreal in 1893 and her artwork is a reflection of the province of Quebec, which she so deeply admired. Morris enrolled at the Art Association of Montreal (which later became the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) from circa 1906 to 1917. It was during this educational period that she studied under established Canadian painter William Brymner, and during the summers she embarked on sketching trips with Maurice Cullen and Robert Pilot. Morris found her greatest inspiration in her natural surroundings, painting en plein air. Although she was born with a nervous disorder that affected with her speech and movement, her enthusiasm for painting was irrepressible.

Morris was a member of the Beaver Hall Group, and kept her ties after they formally disbanded in the early 1920s. Although the group was no longer an official collective, she continued to exhibit with the other members. Considering the time period, in which the art scene was male-dominated, it was a significant move for Morris and this female network of artists to dedicate their careers to painting.

Morris lived in Ottawa from 1923 to 1929, and Eric Brown of the National Gallery of Canada was an early supporter who ensured that her work was acquired for its collection. While there, in the winter she would also take sketching trips to Quebec City, the Laurentians and Berthierville. However, she longed for her hometown of Montreal and frequently visited. In 1929, she became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and returned to Montreal where she would live for the rest of her life. During the summer, she would go to a cottage at Marshall’s Bay near Arnprior, Ontario and sketch the surrounding countryside.

Morris’s work was also exhibited internationally, most notably at the British Empire Exhibition in Wembley, England, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, the Tate Gallery in London, and the New York World’s Fair.

Heffel 's Top Results
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Study in White, Winter, Berthier
24 x 20 1/4in 61 x 51.4cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $80,000 - $100,000 CDN
Sold for:   $299,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2006 auction on Thursday, May 25, 2006
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At Beauport, Quebec
20 1/8 x 22 1/8in 51.1 x 56.2cm
circa 1924
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $100,000 - $150,000 CDN
Sold for:   $187,200 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2010 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Marché Saint-Roch, Quebec
18 1/8 x 24 1/8in 46 x 61.3cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $150,000 - $250,000 CDN
Sold for:   $157,950 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2013 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 28, 2013
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Moving Snow, Berthierville
18 x 24in 45.7 x 61cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $70,000 - $90,000 CDN
Sold for:   $149,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2005 auction on Thursday, November 24, 2005
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Dominion Square, Montreal
10 x 14in 25.4 x 35.6cm
circa 1923
oil on board

Estimate:  $60,000 - $80,000 CDN
Sold for:   $126,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2006 auction on Thursday, May 25, 2006
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Byward Market, Ottawa
10 x 13in 25.4 x 33cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $70,000 - $90,000 CDN
Sold for:   $111,150 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2013 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Record Kathleen Moir Morris sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Kathleen Moir Morris
Church in Winter
30 1/4 x 28in 76.8 x 71.1cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $100,000 - $150,000 CDN
Sold for:   $94,400 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2014 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Moving Snow, Berthierville
18 x 24in 45.7 x 61cm
circa 1925
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $90,000 - $120,000 CDN
Sold for:   $94,400 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2016 - 4th Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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The Procession
10 1/2 x 13 3/4in 26.7 x 34.9cm
circa 1934
oil on board

Estimate:  $35,000 - $45,000 CDN
Sold for:   $92,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2004 auction on Thursday, November 25, 2004
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Ottawa Market
10 1/4 x 14in 26 x 35.6cm
circa 1923 - 1929
oil on panel

Estimate:  $60,000 - $80,000 CDN
Sold for:   $86,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2007 auction on Friday, November 23, 2007
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