Morris Louis 1912-1962
Inscribed 'PARTITION | M. Louis 62' on back of canvas
Magna acrylic on canvas, 17 1/2 x 102 1/4 (44.5 x 259.5)
Presented by Leslie Waddington 1966
Prov: Leslie Waddington, London (purchased from the artist's estate through the André Emmerich Gallery, New York)
André Emmerich wrote (22 March 1966): 'The painting must have been painted during March or April of 1962, during the last period of Morris Louis' work ... he was operated on for cancer in July of that year and died in August.
'The painting is one of a very few "narrow stripe" paintings which are "open ended" on both ends of the stripes. These pictures were intended by Morris Louis to be seen either vertically (with one or the other end at the top), or
horizontally. However, Morris Louis always preferred the horizontal position for these pictures.'
There are arrows on the stretcher with the word 'TOP' pointing in two different directions (at right angles). Mr Emmerich explains that the arrows were not put there by Louis himself, but by others, to indicate the fact that Louis felt the picture could be hung either as a vertical or as a horizontal.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.457, reproduced p.457