[Jonas Lie] prefers the busy, landlocked harbor, with its crowding fishing craft. Almost invariably, he likes to climb headland eminence and look down upon the scene below, for the sails of the fleet are silhouetted against the shimmering water, affording the artist ample material for the creation of a forceful pattern. And above all else, Mr. Lie dearly loves design in his canvases, and forceful color.
 Boston Evening Transcript, November 1930.
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Typical of Lie’s depictions of busy harbors, Morning Light, Rockport was included in a November 1925 show at Vose Galleries, which received a positive review from critic A. J. Philpott of the Boston Globe: “Jonas Lie has the kind of imagination that is powerfully stirred by the dramatic phases of nature and by vivid, colorful contrasts; but at the same time he thrills to the subtler color beauty of nature in her moods of repose and silence at dawn and under the moon’s pale glow. The reverence and awe of nature which is his Scandinavian heritage blends finely with his American vision for luminosity.”
 “Paintings by Jonas Lie Regarded as Symphonies, Vibrant in Color,” by A. J. Philpott. Boston Globe, November 12, 1925.
From the artist
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 7106, 1925
Returned to the artist, late November 1925
With Macbeth Gallery, New York, late 1920s-late 1930s (presumably returned to the artist in 1937)
With the artist’s estate, no. F36 (Robert W. Macbeth and Robert G. McIntrye, trustees)
Eventually to private collection, Milton, Massachusetts
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 26425, September 1980
To private collection, Boston, Massachusetts, February 1981 to present
1). (top stretcher in black) MORNING LIGHT JONAS LIE 30X40
2). (top stretcher in pencil) $750.°°
1). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 26425
2). (stamp on frame and top stretcher) JONAS LIE ESTATE / TRUSTEES. REG. NO. F36
3). (old sticker on top stretcher) Museum / RISD / 365.35
4). William Macbeth Gallery stamp on stretcher: WM 2276
1). Paintings, Adirondack Scenes and Recent Norway Paintings by Jonas Lie, Vose Galleries, Boston, November 9 – November 23, 1925, No. 7 Morning Light
2). (possibly) Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, October 2 – November 3, 1935