Morris Louis (1912-1962)
acrylic on canvas
82¼ x 105¼ in. (208.9 x 267.3 cm.)
Painted in 1960.
André Emmerich Gallery, New York Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, 1978
Private collection, New York
D. Upright, Morris Louis: The Complete Paintings, New York, 1985, no. 295, pp. 159 and 216 (illustrated in color).
Morris Louis, exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1986, p. 58 (illustrated).
London, Hayward Gallery; Dusseldorf, Städtische Kunsthalle; Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Morris Louis, June 1974-April 1975, no. 22 (illustrated in color).

Lot Essay

"The fabric, being soaked in paint rather than merely covered by it, becomes paint in itself, color in itself, like dyed cloth: the threadedness and wovenness are in the color The effect conveys a sense not only of color as somehow disembodied, and therefore more purely optical, but also of color as a thing that opens and expands the picture plane" (Clement Greenberg as quoted in J. Elderfield, Morris Louis, exh. cat, New York, p. 32).

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