Morris LouisPartition 1962

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Artist
Morris Louis (1912‑1962)
Title
Partition
Date 1962
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2597 x 445 mm frame: 480 x 2626 x 46 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Leslie Waddington 1966
Reference
T00803
Not on display

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Louis died in 1962. In his final phase of activity he extended the pouring technique developed in 'VAV' and 'Alpha-Phi' (both in this room). 'Partition' belongs to the 'stripes' series, executed shortly before Louis's death. In these works Louis allowed rivulets of colour to run in parallel 'open-ended' lines. This rigid parallel arrangement is an even more radical attempt to extinguish all traces of 'expressiveness'. The insistence on the lack of a representational image is also demonstrated by Louis's willingness for this painting to be hung either vertically or horizontally… (read more)

September 2004

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