Morris Louis
Beth Kuf 1958

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Morris Louis 1912–1962
Beth Kuf
Date 1958
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2324 x 3391 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Dr Marcella Louis Brenner, the artist's widow 2007, accessioned 2011
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.

September 2004

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