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Morris Louis

United States of America

28 Nov 1912 – 07 Sep 1962

Alternate image of Ayin by Morris Louis
Alternate image of Ayin by Morris Louis
Alternate image of Ayin by Morris Louis
Alternate image of Ayin by Morris Louis
  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    248.3 x 358.1 cm stretcher; 252.0 x 362.0 x 6.8 cm frame
    Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 1967
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Morris Louis/Copyright Agency

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    Morris Louis

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  • About

    An early exponent of colour field painting, Morris Louis was a prolific artist, though his career was relatively short. Louis was influenced by Helen Frankenthaler’s stain paintings, and commenced working in this style in 1954. He made more than 600 paintings in the following eight years before succumbing to lung cancer in 1962.

    'Ayin', from Louis’ second series of ‘veil’ paintings, was made by pouring a diluted artist’s acrylic paint onto unprimed cotton canvas. Louis folded, stretched and angled the fabric to direct the rivulets of pigment, allowing the washes of luminous colour to merge with the canvas.

    'Ayin' was acquired by the Gallery from the 1967 exhibition 'Two decades of American painting'. A display of post-war paintings by predominantly by New York-based artists, it is regarded as one of the most significant shows to travel to Australia. The exhibition was coordinated by the International Program of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and toured to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications