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S.S. Independence with Cote d'Azur, 1965

S.S. Independence with Cote d'Azur, 1965

Born in London in 1931, Malcolm Morley lived in and around New York City from 1958 until his death in 2018.  He is acknowledged as one of the earliest innovators of Superrealism, which developed as a counterpoint to Pop Art in the 1960s. Over the course of his distinguished career, Morley defied stylistic characterization, moving by turns through so-called abstract, realist, neo-romantic, and neo-expressionist painterly modes, while being attentive to his own biographical experiences. Morley studied at the Camberwell College of Arts and the Royal College of Art. Since his first New York show in 1964, he had numerous exhibitions in Europe and North America and participated in many international surveys including Documenta 5 (1972) and Documenta 6 (1977). His first retrospective, organized in 1983 by the Whitechapel Art Gallery, travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Brooklyn Museum. In 1984, he was awarded the inaugural Turner Prize.

Subsequent noteworthy presentations of Morley’s work include an exhibition of watercolors at Tate Liverpool, which travelled to the Kunsthalle Basel, Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, and the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY (1991-92); a retrospective at the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris  (1993); an exhibition organized by Fundación La Caixa, Madrid, which travelled to the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (1995-96); a retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, London (2001); and the survey “The Art of Painting” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2006). Other notable exhibitions include “Malcolm Morley in a Nutshell: The Fine Art of Painting 1954-2012” at the Yale School of Art (2012), an exhibition exploring the role of paper in Morley’s art-making process at the Parrish Art Museum (2012-13), and an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, organized in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation (2013-14). Most recently, the Hall Art Foundation’s Schloss Derneburg presented a solo exhibition of his work (2017-18). In addition to the Turner Prize, Morley was awarded the Painting Award from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1992 and the Francis J. Greenburger Award in 2015. He was inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009) and the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2011). Morley became a citizen of the United States in 1991. His work can be found in museum collections worldwide. After his debut at Sperone Westwater in 1999, he had solo exhibitions at the gallery in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2018.

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Malcolm Morley Tilting, 2017

Malcolm Morley
Tilting, 2017
oil on linen with additional painting attached by aluminum supports
50 x 100 inches (127 x 254 cm)
52 x 102 1/4 inches (132 x 259,7 cm) frame
SW 17238

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Malcolm Morley French and English Knights Engaged in Mortal Combat, 2017

Malcolm Morley
French and English Knights Engaged in Mortal Combat, 2017
oil on linen
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm)
52 x 52 x 2 1/2 inches (132 x 132 x 6 cm) frame
SW 17128

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Malcolm Morley Melee at Agincourt, 2017

Malcolm Morley
Melee at Agincourt, 2017
oil on linen
76 x 114 inches (193 x 289,5 cm)
78 3/4 x 116 3/4 x 3 (200 x 296,5 x 7,5 cm) frame
SW 17024

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Malcolm Morley Piazza d'Italia with French Knights, 2017

Malcolm Morley
Piazza d'Italia with French Knights, 2017
oil on linen
72 x 56 inches (182,9 x 142,2 cm)
74 1/8 x 58 1/8 inches (188,3 x 147,6 cm) frame
SW 17391

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Malcolm Morley Victorious, 2017

Malcolm Morley
Victorious, 2017
oil on linen
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm)
52 x 52 inches (132,1 x 132,1 cm) frame
SW 17390

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Malcolm Morley Tally-ho, 2016

Malcolm Morley
Tally-ho, 2016
oil on linen
21 x 26 1/2 inches (53,3 x 67,3 cm)
22 1/4 x 27 5/9 inches (56,5 x 70,2 cm) frame
SW 17026

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Malcolm Morley O.K., 2015

Malcolm Morley
O.K., 2015
oil on linen
26 1/2 x 63 inches (67,3 x 160 cm)
28 1/2 x 65 inches (72,4 x 165,1 cm) frame
SW 16154

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Malcolm Morley Crushed Liner with Lighthouses, 2015

Malcolm Morley
Crushed Liner with Lighthouses, 2015
oil on linen
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm)
52 x 52 inches (132 x 132 cm) frame
SW 16106

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Malcolm Morley Air Battle over Medieval Castle, 2015

Malcolm Morley
Air Battle over Medieval Castle, 2015
oil on linen with metal and paper attachments
50 x 40 x 3 inches (127 x 101,5 x 7,6 cm)
52 x 42 x 4 inches (132 x 107 x 10 cm) frame
SW 15103
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Dakota, 2015

Malcolm Morley
Dakota, 2015
oil on linen
50 x 40 inches (127 x 101,5 cm)
52 x 42 inches (132 x 107 cm) frame
SW 15102
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Aircraft on a Yellow Plane, 2014

Malcolm Morley
Aircraft on a Yellow Plane, 2014
oil on linen
40 x 50 inches (101,5 x 127 cm)
42 x 52 inches (107 x 132 cm) frame
SW 15100

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Malcolm Morley YM60, 2014

Malcolm Morley
YM60, 2014
oil on linen with paper and metal attachments
40 x 50 x 9 inches (101,5 x 127 x 23 cm)
42 x 52 x 10 inches (107 x 132 x 25 cm) frame
SW 15099
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Malcolm Morley The Searchers, 2014

Malcolm Morley
The Searchers, 2014
oil on linen with oil on paper attachments
40 x 50 x 17 inches (101,5 x 127 x 43 cm)
42 x 52 x 18 inches (107 x 132 x 46 cm) frame
SW 15095
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Freighter with Primary Colors and B2 Bombers, 2013

Malcolm Morley
Freighter with Primary Colors and B2 Bombers, 2013
oil on linen
36 1/4 x 40 inches (92 x 101,5 cm)
38 3/4 x 42 x 2 1/2 inches (98 x 106 x 6 cm) frame
SW 15094

Inquire
Malcolm Morley Depth Mine with Sharks, 2011

Malcolm Morley
Depth Mine with Sharks, 2011
oil on linen with paper, string, metal and linen attachments
68 1/4 x 53 1/2 x 5 inches (173,4 x 136 x 12,7 cm)
SW 11243
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Corsair and Santa Maria, 2011

Malcolm Morley
Corsair and Santa Maria, 2011
oil paint on linen
62 x 78 inches (157,5 x 198 cm)
SW 11399

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Malcolm Morley Ace of Aces, 2011

Malcolm Morley
Ace of Aces, 2011
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm)
47 7/8 x 60 inches (121,6 x 152,4 cm) frame
SW 11057
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley English Fighter Pilot (Ace), 2010

Malcolm Morley
English Fighter Pilot (Ace), 2010
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm) 47 1/2 x 60 inches (120,7 x 152,4 cm) frame
SW 11052
Collection of Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Malcolm Morley Beautiful Explosion, 2010

Malcolm Morley
Beautiful Explosion, 2010
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm)
47 3/8 x 60 1/8 inches (120,3 x 152,7 cm) frame
SW 11001
Hall Collection

Malcolm Morley The English Fighter Pilot and the Rules of Engagement, 2011

Malcolm Morley
The English Fighter Pilot and the Rules of Engagement, 2011
oil on linen
25 x 16 1/4 inches (63,5 x 41,3 cm)
SW 11104

Inquire
Malcolm Morley Ring of Fire, 2009

Malcolm Morley
Ring of Fire, 2009
mixed media
113 x 77 1/2 x 87 inches (287 x 197 x 221 cm)
SW 09060

Inquire
Malcolm Morley Blue Boyz, 2008

Malcolm Morley
Blue Boyz, 2008
oil on linen with oil on paper and wood attachments
42 x 54 1/2 x 19 inches (106,8 x 138,4 x 48,3 cm)
SW 08192
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Thor, 2008

Malcolm Morley
Thor, 2008
oil on linen with cloth and rubber glove attachment
84 x 63 inches (213,4 x 160 cm)
86 1/2 x 65 1/2 inches (219,7 x 166,4 cm) frame
SW 08293
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Theory of Catastrophe, 2004

Malcolm Morley
Theory of Catastrophe, 2004
oil on linen
76 x 81 inches (193 x 205,7 cm)
77 1/2 x 82 1/2 inches (196,9 x 209,6 cm) frame
SW 04218
Hall Collection

Malcolm Morley Rat Tat Tat, 2001

Malcolm Morley
Rat Tat Tat, 2001
oil on linen
94 x 197 inches (238,8 x 500,4 cm)
SW 01113
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Malcolm Morley Wildlife, 2000

Malcolm Morley
Wildlife, 2000
oil on linen with attached bird
63 1/2 x 84 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches (161,3 x 214,6 x 45 cm) overall
SW 00052
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Painter's Floor, 1999

Malcolm Morley
Painter's Floor, 1999
oil on linen with diamond chips
95 x 95 inches (241,3 x 241,3 cm)
SW 99169
Collection of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Malcolm Morley Approaching Valhalla, 1998

Malcolm Morley
Approaching Valhalla, 1998
oil on linen
102 x 79 1/2 inches (259 x 201,9 cm)
103 1/4 x 80 7/8 inches (262,3 x 205,4 cm) frame
SW 98175
Collection of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

Malcolm Morley Floundering Vessel with Blue Whales and Viking Ships, 1998

Malcolm Morley
Floundering Vessel with Blue Whales and Viking Ships, 1998
oil on linen
102 x 79 1/2 inches (259 x 201,9 cm)
103 1/2 x 81 inches (262,9 x 205,7 cm) frame
SW 98263
Collection of Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Malcolm Morley Mariner, 1998

Malcolm Morley
Mariner, 1998
oil on linen
116 x 148 inches (294,6 x 375,9 cm)
117 1/2 x 149 inches (298,5 x 378,5 cm) frame
SW 98299
Collection of Tate, London

Malcolm Morley Gypsy, 1992

Malcolm Morley
Gypsy, 1992
oil on canvas
78 x 109 inches (198,1 x 276,9 cm)
Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art

Malcolm Morley Albatross, 1985

Malcolm Morley
Albatross, 1985
oil on canvas
79 x 90 inches (200,5 x 228,5 cm)
Collection of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo

Malcolm Morley The Day of the Locust, 1977

Malcolm Morley
The Day of the Locust, 1977
oil on canvas
149 1/8 x 90 5/8 inches (239,3 x 199,5 cm)
Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York​

Malcolm Morley Disaster, 1972-74

Malcolm Morley
Disaster, 1972-74
oil on canvas with knife and pieces of rubber
72 x 84 inches (182,9 x 213,4 cm)
Collection Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Malcolm Morley San Miguel of Allende Postcard, 1976

Malcolm Morley
San Miguel of Allende Postcard, 1976
oil on canvas
30 3/8 x 20 7/8 inches (77 x 53 cm)
31 3/8 x 22 5/16 inches (79,7 x 56,7 cm) frame
SW 07128
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Beach Scene, 1968

Malcolm Morley
Beach Scene, 1968
acrylic on canvas
110 x 89 7/8 inches (279,4 x 228,2 cm)
Collection of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Malcolm Morley Vermeer, Portrait of the Artist in his Studio, 1968

Malcolm Morley
Vermeer, Portrait of the Artist in his Studio, 1968
acrylic on canvas
105 x 87 inches (266,7 x 221 cm)
Collection of The Broad, Los Angeles

Malcolm Morley State Room (with Port Hole), 1966

Malcolm Morley
State Room (with Port Hole), 1966
Liquitex on canvas
22 x 32 inches (55,9 x 81,3 cm)
25 x 35 inches (63, 5 x 89 cm) frame
SW 14068
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley S.S. Independence with Cote d'Azur, 1965

Malcolm Morley
S.S. Independence with Cote d'Azur, 1965
oil on canvas
39 5/8 x 50 inches (100,6 x 127 cm)
40 5/8 x 50 5/8 x 1 inches (103,2 x 128,6 x 2,5 cm)
Collection of Detroit Institute of Arts

Malcolm Morley Tilting, 2017

Malcolm Morley
Tilting, 2017
oil on linen with additional painting attached by aluminum supports
50 x 100 inches (127 x 254 cm)
52 x 102 1/4 inches (132 x 259,7 cm) frame
SW 17238

Malcolm Morley French and English Knights Engaged in Mortal Combat, 2017

Malcolm Morley
French and English Knights Engaged in Mortal Combat, 2017
oil on linen
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm)
52 x 52 x 2 1/2 inches (132 x 132 x 6 cm) frame
SW 17128

Malcolm Morley Melee at Agincourt, 2017

Malcolm Morley
Melee at Agincourt, 2017
oil on linen
76 x 114 inches (193 x 289,5 cm)
78 3/4 x 116 3/4 x 3 (200 x 296,5 x 7,5 cm) frame
SW 17024

Malcolm Morley Piazza d'Italia with French Knights, 2017

Malcolm Morley
Piazza d'Italia with French Knights, 2017
oil on linen
72 x 56 inches (182,9 x 142,2 cm)
74 1/8 x 58 1/8 inches (188,3 x 147,6 cm) frame
SW 17391

Malcolm Morley Victorious, 2017

Malcolm Morley
Victorious, 2017
oil on linen
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm)
52 x 52 inches (132,1 x 132,1 cm) frame
SW 17390

Malcolm Morley Tally-ho, 2016

Malcolm Morley
Tally-ho, 2016
oil on linen
21 x 26 1/2 inches (53,3 x 67,3 cm)
22 1/4 x 27 5/9 inches (56,5 x 70,2 cm) frame
SW 17026

Malcolm Morley O.K., 2015

Malcolm Morley
O.K., 2015
oil on linen
26 1/2 x 63 inches (67,3 x 160 cm)
28 1/2 x 65 inches (72,4 x 165,1 cm) frame
SW 16154

Malcolm Morley Crushed Liner with Lighthouses, 2015

Malcolm Morley
Crushed Liner with Lighthouses, 2015
oil on linen
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm)
52 x 52 inches (132 x 132 cm) frame
SW 16106

Malcolm Morley Air Battle over Medieval Castle, 2015

Malcolm Morley
Air Battle over Medieval Castle, 2015
oil on linen with metal and paper attachments
50 x 40 x 3 inches (127 x 101,5 x 7,6 cm)
52 x 42 x 4 inches (132 x 107 x 10 cm) frame
SW 15103
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Dakota, 2015

Malcolm Morley
Dakota, 2015
oil on linen
50 x 40 inches (127 x 101,5 cm)
52 x 42 inches (132 x 107 cm) frame
SW 15102
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Aircraft on a Yellow Plane, 2014

Malcolm Morley
Aircraft on a Yellow Plane, 2014
oil on linen
40 x 50 inches (101,5 x 127 cm)
42 x 52 inches (107 x 132 cm) frame
SW 15100

Malcolm Morley YM60, 2014

Malcolm Morley
YM60, 2014
oil on linen with paper and metal attachments
40 x 50 x 9 inches (101,5 x 127 x 23 cm)
42 x 52 x 10 inches (107 x 132 x 25 cm) frame
SW 15099
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Malcolm Morley The Searchers, 2014

Malcolm Morley
The Searchers, 2014
oil on linen with oil on paper attachments
40 x 50 x 17 inches (101,5 x 127 x 43 cm)
42 x 52 x 18 inches (107 x 132 x 46 cm) frame
SW 15095
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Freighter with Primary Colors and B2 Bombers, 2013

Malcolm Morley
Freighter with Primary Colors and B2 Bombers, 2013
oil on linen
36 1/4 x 40 inches (92 x 101,5 cm)
38 3/4 x 42 x 2 1/2 inches (98 x 106 x 6 cm) frame
SW 15094

Malcolm Morley Depth Mine with Sharks, 2011

Malcolm Morley
Depth Mine with Sharks, 2011
oil on linen with paper, string, metal and linen attachments
68 1/4 x 53 1/2 x 5 inches (173,4 x 136 x 12,7 cm)
SW 11243
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Corsair and Santa Maria, 2011

Malcolm Morley
Corsair and Santa Maria, 2011
oil paint on linen
62 x 78 inches (157,5 x 198 cm)
SW 11399

Malcolm Morley Ace of Aces, 2011

Malcolm Morley
Ace of Aces, 2011
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm)
47 7/8 x 60 inches (121,6 x 152,4 cm) frame
SW 11057
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley English Fighter Pilot (Ace), 2010

Malcolm Morley
English Fighter Pilot (Ace), 2010
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm) 47 1/2 x 60 inches (120,7 x 152,4 cm) frame
SW 11052
Collection of Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Malcolm Morley Beautiful Explosion, 2010

Malcolm Morley
Beautiful Explosion, 2010
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm)
47 3/8 x 60 1/8 inches (120,3 x 152,7 cm) frame
SW 11001
Hall Collection

Malcolm Morley The English Fighter Pilot and the Rules of Engagement, 2011

Malcolm Morley
The English Fighter Pilot and the Rules of Engagement, 2011
oil on linen
25 x 16 1/4 inches (63,5 x 41,3 cm)
SW 11104

Malcolm Morley Ring of Fire, 2009

Malcolm Morley
Ring of Fire, 2009
mixed media
113 x 77 1/2 x 87 inches (287 x 197 x 221 cm)
SW 09060

Malcolm Morley Blue Boyz, 2008

Malcolm Morley
Blue Boyz, 2008
oil on linen with oil on paper and wood attachments
42 x 54 1/2 x 19 inches (106,8 x 138,4 x 48,3 cm)
SW 08192
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Thor, 2008

Malcolm Morley
Thor, 2008
oil on linen with cloth and rubber glove attachment
84 x 63 inches (213,4 x 160 cm)
86 1/2 x 65 1/2 inches (219,7 x 166,4 cm) frame
SW 08293
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Theory of Catastrophe, 2004

Malcolm Morley
Theory of Catastrophe, 2004
oil on linen
76 x 81 inches (193 x 205,7 cm)
77 1/2 x 82 1/2 inches (196,9 x 209,6 cm) frame
SW 04218
Hall Collection

Malcolm Morley Rat Tat Tat, 2001

Malcolm Morley
Rat Tat Tat, 2001
oil on linen
94 x 197 inches (238,8 x 500,4 cm)
SW 01113
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Malcolm Morley Wildlife, 2000

Malcolm Morley
Wildlife, 2000
oil on linen with attached bird
63 1/2 x 84 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches (161,3 x 214,6 x 45 cm) overall
SW 00052
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Painter's Floor, 1999

Malcolm Morley
Painter's Floor, 1999
oil on linen with diamond chips
95 x 95 inches (241,3 x 241,3 cm)
SW 99169
Collection of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Malcolm Morley Approaching Valhalla, 1998

Malcolm Morley
Approaching Valhalla, 1998
oil on linen
102 x 79 1/2 inches (259 x 201,9 cm)
103 1/4 x 80 7/8 inches (262,3 x 205,4 cm) frame
SW 98175
Collection of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

Malcolm Morley Floundering Vessel with Blue Whales and Viking Ships, 1998

Malcolm Morley
Floundering Vessel with Blue Whales and Viking Ships, 1998
oil on linen
102 x 79 1/2 inches (259 x 201,9 cm)
103 1/2 x 81 inches (262,9 x 205,7 cm) frame
SW 98263
Collection of Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Malcolm Morley Mariner, 1998

Malcolm Morley
Mariner, 1998
oil on linen
116 x 148 inches (294,6 x 375,9 cm)
117 1/2 x 149 inches (298,5 x 378,5 cm) frame
SW 98299
Collection of Tate, London

Malcolm Morley Gypsy, 1992

Malcolm Morley
Gypsy, 1992
oil on canvas
78 x 109 inches (198,1 x 276,9 cm)
Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art

Malcolm Morley Albatross, 1985

Malcolm Morley
Albatross, 1985
oil on canvas
79 x 90 inches (200,5 x 228,5 cm)
Collection of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo

Malcolm Morley The Day of the Locust, 1977

Malcolm Morley
The Day of the Locust, 1977
oil on canvas
149 1/8 x 90 5/8 inches (239,3 x 199,5 cm)
Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York​

Malcolm Morley Disaster, 1972-74

Malcolm Morley
Disaster, 1972-74
oil on canvas with knife and pieces of rubber
72 x 84 inches (182,9 x 213,4 cm)
Collection Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Malcolm Morley San Miguel of Allende Postcard, 1976

Malcolm Morley
San Miguel of Allende Postcard, 1976
oil on canvas
30 3/8 x 20 7/8 inches (77 x 53 cm)
31 3/8 x 22 5/16 inches (79,7 x 56,7 cm) frame
SW 07128
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley Beach Scene, 1968

Malcolm Morley
Beach Scene, 1968
acrylic on canvas
110 x 89 7/8 inches (279,4 x 228,2 cm)
Collection of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Malcolm Morley Vermeer, Portrait of the Artist in his Studio, 1968

Malcolm Morley
Vermeer, Portrait of the Artist in his Studio, 1968
acrylic on canvas
105 x 87 inches (266,7 x 221 cm)
Collection of The Broad, Los Angeles

Malcolm Morley State Room (with Port Hole), 1966

Malcolm Morley
State Room (with Port Hole), 1966
Liquitex on canvas
22 x 32 inches (55,9 x 81,3 cm)
25 x 35 inches (63, 5 x 89 cm) frame
SW 14068
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley S.S. Independence with Cote d'Azur, 1965

Malcolm Morley
S.S. Independence with Cote d'Azur, 1965
oil on canvas
39 5/8 x 50 inches (100,6 x 127 cm)
40 5/8 x 50 5/8 x 1 inches (103,2 x 128,6 x 2,5 cm)
Collection of Detroit Institute of Arts