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Henry Miller
CAPUT MORTUUM - (Latin - DEAD HEAD)

1944

$3,750

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HENRY MILLER (1891 – 1980) CAPUT MORTUUM (Latin - DEAD HEAD) 1944 Watercolor and gouache, 13 1/4” x 12 1/4” Signed and dated in pen. Irregular sheet 14 ¼ x 12 5/8”. Miller, author of Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Black Spring, among others made many watercolors beginning in the 20’s. There was exhibition of his watercolors at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 1944, The same year as this watercolor. Generally good condition save for tape on the verso. Modernism, Naive, Outsider, Big Sur, California Art FROM: Henry Miller Online by Dr. Hugo Heyrman: An avid water-colorist, Miller's writing feels as though he is painting pictures in words rather than telling a coherent story. The result is that his prose is poetry of a quality rarely attained. The words leap off the page, away from your eyes and mind, and you are left only with the events that Miller so colorfully relate. The event becomes a part of you, not something read but something felt, something experienced, something shared. There are few other writers who transform the art of writing into so powerful a means of personal expression. Henry Miller had always loved art, he began painting in the 1920s (before he began writing), after seeing some Turner prints in a Brooklyn department-store window. There was only one minor drawback: he couldn’t draw. It wasn’t long before he realized that what he lacked in draftsmanship, he made up for in color and composition sense. Henry Miller painted over 3000 watercolors in his lifetime. “To paint is to love again. It’s only when we look with the eyes of love that we see as the painter sees. . . To see is not merely to look. One must look-see. See into and around.” —Henry Miller (To Paint is to Love Again) “I remember well the transformation which took place in me when first I began to view the world with the eyes of a painter. The most familiar things, objects which I had gazed at all my life, now became an unending source of wonder, and with the wonder, of course, affection.” —Henry Miller (To Paint is to Love Again) “The watercolor has affinities with the sonnet, or the haiku, rather than the jeremiad. It captures the flux and essence, the flavor and perfume, rather than the substance. Ambience, that is what the watercolor renders par excellence.” —Henry Miller (To Paint is to Love Again) Henry Miller wrote about painting watercolors, and the very titles of some of them reveal his excitement about painting: * To Paint is to Love Again * The Angel is my Watermark * The Waters Reglitterized * Paint as You Like and Die Happy Miller sold very few paintings during his lifetime; he often used his paintings for barter and traded them for watercolor supplies in New York, for cups of coffee in the streets of Paris, and for food and clothing in Big Sur, but mostly he gave away his paintings to friends and fans throughout the world. 1927 Exhibited water colors in June Mansfield's roman Tavern, Greenwich Village. 1943 Made two to three hundred water colors. Exhibited at Beverly Glen (The Green House), American Contemporary Gallery, Hollywood, with success. 1957 Exhibition of water colors at Gallery One, London. 1944 Exhibited water colors at Santa Barbara Museum of Art and in London. 1954 Traveling exhibition of water colors in Japan. 1957 Exhibition of water colors at Gallery One, London. 1962 Went to Berlin where I made ten copper plate etchings and more water colors at home of Renate Gerhardt. 1963 Began making silk screens with nuns at Immaculate Heart College, Hollywood. Made 115 water colors from March to end of July. 1965 Water color exhibition at Westwood Art Association, Los Angeles. 1967 Water color show at Daniel Gervis Gallery in Paris. Water color show in Uppsala Sweden

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  • Creator
    Henry Miller (1891 - 1980, American)
  • Creation Year
    1944
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.25 in. (33.66 cm)Width: 12.25 in. (31.12 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Santa Monica, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU41137507582

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