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Photo: Jueqian Fang



Morris Louis

American, 1912-1962

Acrylic on canvas
98 x 140 in. (248.9 x 355.6cm)
Gift of the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: The artist; [Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York]; purchased by Virginia and Bagley Wright, Seattle, Washington, 1966
Photo: Jueqian Fang
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryNew York, New York, Andre Emmerich Gallery, Morris Louis: Paintings Never Before Exhibited: 1957-1960, Mar. 15 - Apr. 2, 1966.

Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Morris Louis: 1912-1962, Feb. 15 - Mar. 26, 1967 (Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, Apr. 14 - May 24, 1967; Saint Louis, Missouri, Saint Louis Art Museum, June 22 - Aug. 6, 1967). Cat. no. 24, reproduced p. 48.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum (Modern Art Pavilion), Morris Louis: Veils and Unfurleds, July 12 - Aug. 23, 1967. Cat. no. 3, reproduced.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum (Modern Art Pavilion), The Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection: Artists of the Sixties, May 23 - June 29, 1969. Cat. no. 11.

New York, New York, Museum of Modern Art, Morris Louis, Oct. 6, 1986 - Jan. 4, 1987 (Fort Worth, Texas, Fort Worth Art Museum, Feb. 15 - Apr. 12, 1987; Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, May 21 - July 30, 1987). Reproduced p. 117.

Denver, Colorado, Denver Art Museum, Color as Field: American Painting, 1950-75, Nov. 9, 2007 - Feb. 3, 2008 (Washington, D.C., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Feb. 29 - May 26, 2008; Nashvile, Tennessee, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, June 20 - Sept. 21, 2008). Pl. no. 16, reproduced p. 43.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, City of Tomorrow: Jinny Wright and the Art That Shaped a New Seattle, Oct. 23, 2020 - Jan. 18, 2021.
Published ReferencesDiane Upright. Morris Louis: The Complete Paintings. A Catalogue Raisonné. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1985, p. 207, no. 177, illus. p. 149

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