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The Cover
February 24, 1999

Abandoned Homestead

JAMA. 1999;281(8):683. doi:10.1001/jama.281.8.683

The life and work of Morris Graves (1910- ) spans most of the 20th century; like the 20th century, the early work is as different from the later work as the horse and buggy is from the space shuttle. Born in Fox Valley, Ore, Graves grew up in the Puget Sound area and lived there, for the most part, until 1964, when he settled in his current location, northern California. Thus separated from the New York art scene, Graves developed his distinctive style, becoming the most prominent member of a group of Pacific Northwest painters known collectively today as the Northwest School of painters. He first came to national attention at age 32, when the Museum of Modern Art chose more than 30 of his works for inclusion in the show "Americans 1942." A Life magazine article in 1953 cemented his personal reputation. Graves himself is often referred to as a "Northwest mystic painter," a term that describes his unique amalgam of Asian philosophy and American Modernism, metaphysics and Zen Buddhism.