Morton, Mississippi

Object Details

Title:

Morton, Mississippi

Artist/Maker(s):

William Eggleston (American, born 1939)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Morton, Mississippi, United States (Place depicted)

Date:

1971

Medium:

Dye imbibition print

Dimensions:

30.2 x 45.1 cm (11 7/8 x 17 3/4 in.)

Copyright:

© Eggleston Artistic Trust

Credit Line:

Gift of Caldecot Chubb

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Though two of these children wear homemade costumes to identify their involvement in the usual Halloween festivities, it is the lurid colored light bathing the scene that most clearly communicates the holiday's supernatural origins. The purple sky and green asphalt–as improbable as they are believable–make the picture emblematic of the haunting season. William Eggleston's talent with lighting made the three unremarkable children on an empty road one of his most well known images.

Exhibitions
William Eggleston and the Color Tradition (October 26, 1999 to January 30, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 26, 1999 to January 30, 2000
In Focus: The Portrait (January 27 to June 14, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 27 to June 14, 2009
Bibliography

Keller, Judith & Gee, Mikka. William Eggleston and the Color Tradition, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum), 1999 cover.