Identification and Creation
Object Number
Morris Louis, American (Baltimore, MD 1912 - 1962 Washington, DC)
Color Barrier
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Acrylic resin paint (magna) on canvas
232.4 x 152.7 cm (91 1/2 x 60 1/8 in.)
framed: 235.6 x 155.6 x 3.8 cm (92 3/4 x 61 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.)
[André Emmerich Gallery, Inc., New York, New York], sold; to Fogg Art Museum, 1963
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Louise E. Bettens Fund
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

[Unidentified article], The Art Quarterly (1964), ill. p. 105

Highlights from the Collections of the Fogg Museum and Harvard Alumni of St. Louis, exh. cat., City Art Museum of St. Louis (St. Louis, 1964), cat. 6

Michael Fried, Morris Louis, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1971), reproduced, no. 158

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 163, ill.

James N. Carpenter, Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1974), pp. 40-41, cat. 2, ill.

Diane Upright, Morris Louis: The Complete Paintings, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1985), no. 430, p. 226, reproduced p. 172

Exhibition History

Morris Louis, André Emmerich Gallery, New York, 10/01/1961 - 10/31/1961

Highlights from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum and Harvard Alumni of St. Louis, City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, 01/30/1964 - 03/01/1964

The 8 Americans in the 1964 Venice Bienniale, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Boston, 06/20/1964 - 07/26/1964

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/25/1974 - 06/16/1974

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

Modern Art at Harvard, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999; Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000

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