Morton Bartlett

Morton Bartlett

“A combination of skill, intelligence, observation and passion – ranks with the best in the Prinzhorn collection…..” Vivian Raynor, New York Times.

“A remarkable body of work based on love and loss that rocks our conventional responses” James Kincaid, University of Southern California

The work of Morton Bartlett, Boston, 1909 – 1992, a self-taught sculptor and photographer, has become iconic in the art world since it was purchased, untouched in its entirety, by Marion Harris. A superlative group of figurative sculptures and photographs of children, created by Bartlett from 1936 – 1963, translates into a sublime marriage of art and eccentricity. Comprising 12 girls and three boys, the latter considered by many to represent the artist at age 7, the figures range in age from infant to teenager and measure approximately 1/3 – 1/2 scale.

Realistic, detailed and anatomically accurate, Bartlett’s fantasy family is dressed in clothes he meticulously designed, sewed and knitted himself. The sole purpose of this obsessive endeavor was a “family” album of photographs. The “children” were captured for eternity in his mind and with his camera. Posing them in easily imagined everyday scenes, Bartlett the photographer allows us to observe them reading a book in bed, practicing at ballet class and having fun at the beach. The remarkably lifelike photographs have been exhibited internationally and share a resonance with postmodern works by Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons; along with the original sculptures, all are now in private or museum collections.

10 of Bartlett’s most sought-after images were produced in a limited edition in 2010 and are available for purchase. We are the source for these limited large-scale works and also for vintage Morton Bartlett works when they become available on the secondary market.

We invite you to contact us directly for current updated information on purchase availability and details on upcoming museum exhibitions.

You can request our catalog – Family Found, The Lifetime Obsession of Morton Bartlett, by clicking here or through

Selected Exhibitions and Collections:

Collection de l’Art Brut Musée, Lausanne, Switzerland

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA

The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA

Obsession: 1999, Cologne, Germany

Create and Be Recognized, Photography on the Edge: 2004, San Francisco, California and Rochester, New York

Mixed-up Childhood: 2005, Auckland, Australia

Without Borders: 2008, Melbourne, Australia

Museum of Everything: 2010, London, England and Turin, Italy

Secret Universe: 2012/13,  Nationalgalerie Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany

Venice Biennale: 2013, Venice, Italy

Morton Bartlett: 2013/14,  Morton Bartlett, Collection de’l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland