Morris Louis

Beth Kuf

1958

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Artist
Morris Louis 1912–1962
Medium
Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 2324 x 3391 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Dr Marcella Louis Brenner, the artist's widow 2007, accessioned 2011
Reference
T13253

Not on display

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Morris Louis's technique, which became known as Colour Stain painting, involved pouring liquid paint directly onto unprimed canvas so that the pigment is soaked into the surface. Diaphanous layers of colour are built up one by one and blend into each other. The critic Clement Greenberg praised this process as 'pure painting' leading to the definitive unity of colour and surface. While such works emphasise the flatness of the canvas, they also have an absorbing, enveloping quality.

Gallery label, September 2004