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Introducing Morris Atkinson Blackburn: More than A Pioneer in Silk Printing

My journey into the captivating world of Morris Atkinson Blackburn began through the stories of my uncle, who had the privilege of studying under him at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Blackburn, a true luminary, left an indelible mark as a major influencer and pioneer in the realm of silk printing, where he dedicated many years to teaching at the Academy.

While Blackburn's earlier artistic endeavors leaned towards tradition, he later embarked on a transformative journey into the abstract. His foray into silk printing dates back to the public works era, where he initially utilized the medium to create compelling posters. Among the early pioneers of silk printing, Blackburn's prints have indeed stood the test of time.

Throughout his illustrious career, Blackburn found inspiration and camaraderie in the company of luminaries like Arthur B. Carles and Matisse, whose influence deeply shaped both his artistic vision and printing techniques. A distinct hallmark of Blackburn's work lies in his emphasis on linear design, a feature vividly portrayed in pieces like "Street Scene II". His preferred subjects often centered around the Philadelphia area, with a particular fondness for the tranquil landscapes of the Jersey Shore.

Yet, perhaps Blackburn's most enduring legacy lies in his role as a prolific educator. His passion for teaching art spanned a lifetime, leaving an indelible mark on countless students who were fortunate enough to absorb his philosophy and style. Today, they stand as living testaments to his greatness, ensuring that Blackburn's legacy continues to thrive through the hands and hearts of those he inspired.


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