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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Morris Louis, American (Baltimore, MD 1912 - 1962 Washington, DC)
Four-Three-Eight (Orange Column)
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions

Acrylic on canvas
215.9 x 62.6 cm (85 x 24 5/8 in.)
framed: 219.1 x 65.7 x 3.8 cm (86 1/4 x 25 7/8 x 1 1/2 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Morris Louis,1958; to wife Marcella Louis (later Mrs. Abner Brenner, Washington, DC), gift (through Andre Emmerich gallery); to Fogg Art Museum, 1965.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mrs. Abner Brenner
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • [Reproduction only], "Some Recent Acquisitions", Fogg Art Museum Acquisitions, 1965, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1966)., reproduced, p. 83
  • Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, 1967)
  • Michael Fried, Morris Louis, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1971), reproduced in color, pl. 105
  • Morris Louis: The Column Paintings-1960, brochure, André Emmerich Gallery (New York, NY, 1979), mentioned in text
  • Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press, 1985). With an essay by John Coolidge and a preface by John M. Rosenfield. To accompany the inaugural exhibition at the Sackler Museum, Oct 21 1985 - Jan 5 1986, reproduced in b/w fig. 69, p. 76
  • Diane Upright, Morris Louis: The Complete Paintings, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1985), no. 300, p. 217; reproduced p. 103, p. 160

Exhibition History

  • Paintings by Morris Louis, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 04/12/1967 - 05/24/1967
  • Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 10/12/1967 - 12/03/1967
  • Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977
  • Modern Art at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/21/1985 - 01/05/1986
  • 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
  • 32Q: 1110 Mid-Century Abstraction II (Post-Painterly Abstraction), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/04/2015 - 10/07/2015

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