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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Morris Louis, American (Baltimore, MD 1912 - 1962 Washington, DC)
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Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
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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.)


Recorded Ownership History
[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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