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Haunted House

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Morris Kantor (American, born Minsk, Russian Empire, now Belarus, 1896–1974)

About this artwork

Morris Kantor drew inspiration from the material culture of historical New England—ladder-back chairs, colonial portraiture, marine painting, wallpaper—in this fantastical rendering of a supposedly haunted house in rural Massachusetts. A shadowy figure lurks at the composition’s darkened right edge, an unknown presence encroaching on the comforts of the sitting room. Kantor later recalled that such a setting, with “its peculiar moldy smell, the fading beauty of old plaster discolored by time and living … turned my imagination to the past, to the people who had lived there and gone.” A Russian immigrant, the artist engaged with the stories and objects of American history as catalysts for his Surrealist, dreamlike musings.


On View, Gallery 263


Arts of the Americas


Morris Kantor


Haunted House


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed and dated lower right: M. Kantor / 1930


94.3 × 84.5 cm (37 1/8 × 33 1/4 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan Purchase Prize Fund

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