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Sister Gertrude Morgan

Paintings Works On Paper Photographs Sculpture

 

American, 1900-1980

Gertrude Williams was born in Lafayette, Alabama, in 1900. She moved to Columbus, Georgia, in 1918, and married Will Morgan in 1928. Morgan began preaching in 1934. Five years later, believing she was called by God to become a street minister, she left her husband and moved to New Orleans. Morgan founded an orphanage in Gentilly, Louisiana, with two other women associated with the "Holiness and Sanctified Denomination," a sect that believed in celebrating God through music and dance.

Morgan adopted the title "Sister" about 1940. She claimed that God called her to paint in 1956. Like the Shakers, her art conveys a deep sense of devotion and focuses exclusively upon religious themes. Morgan often included extensive scriptural citations to reinforce the message, using her paintings as visual concordance to her evangelical message.

Morgan often painted with whatever materials were available, presenting conservation issues for museums and collectors. She envisioned herself as the Bride of Christ in 1957, thereafter dressing exclusively in a white habit that often appears in her paintings. Morgan was unable to sustain the orphanage and moved to the French Quarter to establish "The Everlasting Gospel Mission." In 1971, she released "Let's Make a Record" featuring her original songs. She had a revelation to stop painting in 1974.

 

Do You Know Him? - Morgan Gertrude
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Do You Know Him?
Sister Gertrude Morgan
c. 1970
Acrylic and felt tip pen on paper, 11 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of The Gitter-Yelen Foundation, 1998.025.029

 

Lord I Don't Wait to Be - Morgan Gertrude
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Lord I Don't Wait to Be
Sister Gertrude Morgan
c. 1970
Acrylic and ink on paper, 8 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of The Gitter-Yelen Foundation, 1998.025.030

 

Bride and Groom - Morgan Gertrude
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Bride and Groom
Sister Gertrude Morgan
c. 1970
Acrylic and ink on paper, 3 1/8 x 5 inches
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of The Gitter-Yelen Foundation, 1998.025.028

 

Self Portrait - Morgan Gertrude
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Self Portrait
Sister Gertrude Morgan
c. 1970
Acrylic and graphite on paper, 11 ¼ x 8 ¼
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of The Gitter-Yelen Foundation, 1998.025.031

 

Self Portrait - Morgan Gertrude
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Self Portrait
Sister Gertrude Morgan
c. 1970
Acrylic and graphite on paper, 11 ¼ x 8 ¼
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of The Gitter-Yelen Foundation, 1998.025.032

 

The Lamb's Bride - Morgan Gertrude
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The Lamb's Bride
Sister Gertrude Morgan
c. 1970
Acrylic and ink on paper, 13 ½ x 8 1/8 inches
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of The Gitter-Yelen Foundation, 1998.025.033

 

New Jerusalem Court, Gloryland St. - Morgan Gertrude
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New Jerusalem Court, Gloryland St.
Sister Gertrude Morgan
1960
Acrylic on board
Signed lower left in graphite, "Sister Gertrude Morgan"
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of the Friends of Cabildo, 1981.106.001

 

I'm on my Way to the Promised Land - Morgan Gertrude
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I'm on my Way to the Promised Land
Sister Gertrude Morgan
c. 1960
Crayon and ink on cardboard, 6 ½ x 4 inches
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of the Friends of Cabildo, 1981.106.002

 

Who are you Little Lady? - Morgan Gertrude
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Who are you Little Lady?
Sister Gertrude Morgan
1956
Acrylic on board
Crayon and ink on cardboard, 8 3/8 x 3 7/8 inches
Signed lower right, "1956/Sister Gertrude Morgan"
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of the Friends of Cabildo, 1981.106.003

 

Rock of Ages - Morgan Gertrude
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Rock of Ages
Sister Gertrude Morgan
c. 1960
Crayon and ink on paper, 5 ¾ x 3 inches
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of the Friends of Cabildo, 1981.106.004

 

Dada God, Mama, Dada Jesus (r) - Morgan Gertrude
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Dada God, Mama, Dada Jesus (r)
My Darling Dada Jesus (l)
Sister Gertrude Morgan
c. 1960
Crayon and ink on paper, 4 x 6 inches
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of the Friends of Cabildo, 1981.106.005/.006

 

Self-Portrait - Morgan Gertrude
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Self-Portrait
Sister Gertrude Morgan
c. 1960
Crayon and ink on paper, 4 ½ x 6 ½ inches
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of the Friends of Cabildo, 1981.106.007

 

Lamb's Wife - Morgan Gertrude
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Lamb's Wife
Sister Gertrude Morgan
c. 1960
Watercolor, graphite, ink, paint, and cotton on paper
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of the Friends of Cabildo, 1981.106.008

 

Rev. 19 Chap. - Morgan Gertrude
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Rev. 19 Chap.
Sister Gertrude Morgan
c. 1960
Watercolor, graphite, ink, and paint on paper
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of the Friends of Cabildo, 1981.106.009