How many different colors are in this painting?
Morris Louis created paintings entirely of stripes. Look around you. Where do you see stripes?
Would the stripes have looked different if they had hard-edged lines rather than blending together? Try to paint a picture like Number 182, but with hard-edged, distinct lines.
Using complimentary colors, create a painting in which your colors overlap. Which colors make other colors? Do some of your color combinations not work (make muddy colors)?
Louis was influenced by the abstract expressionist painter, Helen Frankenthaler. Compare Louis’ Number 182 with Frankenthaler’s Canyon.
Find out about Louis’s unique process of making a painting.
How do the different colors in this painting make you feel? Make a list of the colors and the feelings or emotions that you associate with them.
Throughout history colors have symbolized or represented many different things. Discuss the use of colors in country flags. What do red, white, and blue represent, together or individually? What countries use these colors in their flags?