Morgan Russell was born in New York in 1886. He came to Paris in 1906
to study art, where he immediately fell into the most progressive artistic
In 1909 Russell met Gertrude and Leo Stein, who introduced him to Matisse
and Picasso. He began exhibiting at the Salon des Indépandants
in 1913. In June of the same year he and Stanton Mac-Donald Wright had
their first Synchromist exhibition at Der Neue Kunstsalon in Munich,
with a follow-up exhibition at Galerie Bernheim-Jeune. Russell also
exhibited his paintings at the famous New York Armory Show of 1913.
Synchromism was an early and important innovation in pure abstract painting,
which was developed primarily by Russell with contributions from Stanton
Russell returned to the United States briefly in 1916 where he had an
exhibition at the Anderson Galleries in New York City.
Russell returned to Paris and was one of the few forgiven artists to
remain in France during the war. He took refuge in the south were he
was able to continue to paint. It was around this time Russell wrote
to Macdonald-Wright that he had forever abandon Synchromism. His paintings
then returned to figurations with strong Expressionists colors and Cubist
technique and boldness.Exhibitions of Russell’s paintings and
drawings were held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1927 and
1932. After World War Two Russell returned to settle in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
Russell is represented
in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art in New
yrok, Whitney Museum of American Art, and many others. The was recently
a book published illustrating Russell’s extraordinary body of