American Art

IAS Thursdays | Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered

Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University, will discuss the obscure-yet-fascinating career of the self-taught artist Morris Hirshfield (1872-1946), a former tailor and slipper manufacturer who took up painting at the age of 65. Hirshfield's wildly stylized pictures of animals, landscapes, and female nudes attracted a great degree of attention, both positive and negative, in the 1940s. Embraced by Picasso, Mondrian, and Duchamp,  Hirshfield was given a one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943.