History And Context


Morris Louis refined his painting methods considerably in the last three years of his life. During this time, he achieved a delicate balance between gesture and color in the Florals (1959–1960) and then his sparer Columns”(1960). In Blue Column (1960), for example, he directed paint in a controlled vertical channel, or poured it from the canvas’s outer edges as in the larger Unfurleds (1960–61). Critic Clement Greenberg described Louis’s work as “being soaked in paint rather than merely covered by it….The effect conveys a sense not only of color somehow disembodied, and therefore more purely optical, but also of color as a thing that opens and expands the picture plane.” Blue Column’s rich spectrum of color (from the deepest midnight blue to the cool aqua of the waters of the Caribbean) is a stellar example of his intense saturation technique.

More Works by Morris Louis In the Collection


Approach
Morris Louis
1962
Blue Column
Morris Louis
1960
Drawing [D287]
Morris Louis
1953

Drawing [D88]
Morris Louis
1948
Drawing [D182]
Morris Louis
1950
Drawing [D348]
Morris Louis
between 1950 and 1953

Number 182
Morris Louis
1961
Seal
Morris Louis
1959