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Morris Louis(1912-1962)
Who is Morris Louis?
Morris Louis Bernstein (November 28, 1912 – September 7, 1962), known professionally as Morris Louis, was an American painter. During the 1950s he became one of the earliest exponents of Color Field painting. While living in Washington, D.C., Louis, along with Kenneth Noland and other Washington painters, formed an art movement that is known today as the Washington Color School.

From 1929 to 1933, he studied at the Maryland Institute of Fine and Applied Arts (now Maryland Institute College of Art) on a scholarship[citation needed], but left shortly before completing the program. Louis worked at various odd jobs to support himself while painting, and in 1935 was president of the Baltimore Artists' Association. From 1936 to 1940, he lived in New York City and worked in the easel division of the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project[citation needed]. During this period, he knew Arshile Gorky, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jack Tworkov. He also dropped his last name.
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Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

Lot 1295: Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

Auction Date: Nov 28, 2021

Estimate: $1,750 - $2,200

Description: Artist: Morris Louis, American (1912 - 1962)
Title: Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition
Year: 1967
Medium: Poster
Image Size:
Size: 28 x 22 in. (71.12 x 55.88 cm)
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Location: Long Island City, NY, US

Auction House: RoGallery

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Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

Lot 1295: Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

Auction Date: May 28, 2021

Estimate: $1,750 - $2,200

Description: Artist: Morris Louis, American (1912 - 1962)
Title: Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition
Year: 1967
Medium: Poster
Image Size:
Size: 28 x 22 in. (71.12 x 55.88 cm)
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Location: Long Island City, NY, US

Auction House: RoGallery

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Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery 1982

Lot 343: Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery 1982

Auction Date: Apr 24, 2021

Estimate: €1,000 - €2,000

Description: Affiche entoilée/ Vintage Poster on Linnen T.B.E. A +...

Location: Paris, FR

Auction House: Artprecium

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MORRIS LOUIS 1912-1962 Major Works 1979

Lot 217: MORRIS LOUIS 1912-1962 Major Works 1979

Auction Date: Mar 18, 2021

Estimate: €0 - €0

Description: Offset, printer unknown. Condition: A.  51.97 x 38.58 in. Manifesti - posters - affiche - Esposizioni e Mostre - exhibitions and fairs...

Location: Internet only, IT

Auction House: Aste Bolaffi

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Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery 1982

Lot 343: Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery 1982

Auction Date: Mar 16, 2021

Estimate: €1,000 - €2,000

Description: Affiche entoilée/ Vintage Poster on Linnen T.B.E. A +...

Location: Paris, FR

Auction House: Artprecium

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Morris Louis - Paintings of the Spring - 1978 Offset Lithograph 12" x 37"

Lot 103: Morris Louis - Paintings of the Spring - 1978 Offset Lithograph 12" x 37"

Auction Date: Dec 29, 2020

Estimate: $90 - $150

Description: "Paintings of the Spring" by Morris Louis, 1978 Unsigned Offset Lithograph. Paper size is 12 x 37 inches, with an image size of 10.25 x 37 inches. The Offset Lithograph is from an unknown edition size. and is not framed. The condition was rated A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling. Additional details: Posters originals, 1977, Third Edition. Originally created for an opening at Andre Emmerich Gallery in New York city in 1968....

Location: Brooklyn , NY, US

Auction House: DUMBO Auctions

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Morris Louis (1912-1962) Number 20 Magna on canvas 90 x 23 in. (228.6 x 58.

Lot 211: Morris Louis (1912-1962) Number 20 Magna on canvas 90 x 23 in. (228.6 x 58.

Auction Date: Dec 03, 2020

Estimate: $600,000 - $800,000

Description: Morris Louis (1912-1962) Number 20 Magna on canvas 90 x 23 in. (228.6 x 58.4 cm.)...

Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Christie's

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Morris Louis American Modernist Oil on Canvas

Lot 212: Morris Louis American Modernist Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Mar 12, 2020

Estimate: $600 - $1,200

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed M. Louis on verso of canvas. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 47 x 33 cm (18.5 x 13 inches). Framed size: 51 x 37 cm (20 x 14.5 inches). PROVENANCE: This lot carries limited provenance from a Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis (American, 1912-1962) Bird

Lot 30: Morris Louis (American, 1912-1962) Bird

Auction Date: Feb 13, 2020

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Description: Morris Louis (American, 1912-1962)
Morris Louis (American, 1912-1962)Bird signed and dated 'M. Louis '41' (upper left) oil on canvas 15 x 20 in. (38.1 x 50.8 cm.) Painted in 1941.
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Christie's

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Morris Louis American Modernist Oil on Canvas

Lot 36: Morris Louis American Modernist Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Feb 13, 2020

Estimate: $500 - $800

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed on verso M. Louis. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 35 x 56 cm (14 x 22 inches). Framed size: 47 x 68 cm (18.5 x 26.5 inches). PROVENANCE: This lot carries limited provenance from a Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Lot 211: Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Jan 30, 2020

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed on verso M. Louis. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 40 x 50.5 cm (15.75 x 20 inches0. Framed size: 54 x 64 cm (21.25 x 25.5 inches). PROVENANCE: This lot carries limited provenance from a Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

Lot 503: Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

Auction Date: Jan 01, 2020

Estimate: $400 - $600

Description: Artist: Morris Louis, American (1912 - 1962)
Title: Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition
Year: 1967
Medium: Poster
Size: 28 x 22 in. (71.12 x 55.88 cm)
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Location: Long Island City, NY, US

Auction House: RoGallery

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Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas '58

Lot 49: Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas '58

Auction Date: Dec 19, 2019

Estimate: $500 - $800

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed M. Louis 58 on the lower right corner. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 33 x 49.5 cm (13 x 19.5 inches). Framed size: 45 x 61.5 cm (17.5 x 24.25 inches). PROVENANCE: This lot carries limited provenance from a Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis, American, Exhibition Poster for the Hirshhorn Museum, 41 x 49 inches (overall with frame)

Lot 391: Morris Louis, American, Exhibition Poster for the Hirshhorn Museum, 41 x 49 inches (overall with frame)

Auction Date: Dec 18, 2019

Estimate: $50 - $70

Description: framed....

Location: St. Louis, MO, US

Auction House: Link Auction Galleries

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Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Lot 40: Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Dec 05, 2019

Estimate: $500 - $800

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed M. Louis and inscribed '60 on verso. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 59.5 x 40 cm (23.5 x 15.75 in). Frame: 71.5 x 52 cm (28.25 x 20.5 in). PROVENANCE: This lot carries limited provenance from a Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Lot 271: Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Nov 21, 2019

Estimate: $500 - $800

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed M. Louis on the lower right corner. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 40 x 50.5 cm (15.75 x 20 in). Frame: 49.5 x 60 cm (19.5 x 23.5 in). PROVENANCE: This lot carries limited provenance from a Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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MORRIS LOUIS | Number 38

Lot 111: MORRIS LOUIS | Number 38

Auction Date: Nov 15, 2019

Estimate: $2,000,000 - $3,000,000

Description: Magna on canvas...

Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Sotheby's

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Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Number 1-60

Lot 606: Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Number 1-60

Auction Date: Nov 14, 2019

Estimate: $300,000 - $500,000

Description: Morris Louis (1912-1962)
Number 1-60
Magna on canvas
80 ½ x 10 ½ in. (204.5 x 26.7 cm.)
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Christie's

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Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Alpha Beta

Lot 673: Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Alpha Beta

Auction Date: Nov 14, 2019

Estimate: $800,000 - $1,200,000

Description: Morris Louis (1912-1962)
Alpha Beta
Magna on canvas
102 ½ x 159 ¼ in. (260.4 x 404.5 cm.)
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Christie's

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Morris Louis American Color School Oil on Canvas

Lot 159: Morris Louis American Color School Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Nov 07, 2019

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: Oil on canvas, stretched and framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed on the lower right corner of verso. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 52 x 34 cm (20.5 x 13.4 inches). Framed size: 58 x 40 cm (22.8 x 15.8 inches). PROVENANCE: This item has limited provenance from a Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

Lot 503: Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

Auction Date: Nov 03, 2019

Estimate: $400 - $600

Description: Artist: Morris Louis, American (1912 - 1962)
Title: Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition
Year: 1967
Medium: Poster
Size: 28 x 22 in. (71.12 x 55.88 cm)
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Location: Long Island City, NY, US

Auction House: RoGallery

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Morris Louis American Modernist Oil on Canvas

Lot 20: Morris Louis American Modernist Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Oct 24, 2019

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed M. Louis on verso of canvas. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 47 x 33 cm (18.5 x 13 inches). Framed size: 51 x 37 cm (20 x 14.5 inches)...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis American Modernist Oil on Canvas

Lot 132: Morris Louis American Modernist Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Oct 10, 2019

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed M. Louis on verso of canvas. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 48.5 x 33 cm (19 x 13 inches). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis American Modernist Oil on Canvas

Lot 44: Morris Louis American Modernist Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Sep 26, 2019

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed on verso M. Louis. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 35 x 56 cm (14 x 22 inches). Framed size: 47 x 68 cm (18.5 x 26.5 inches). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis American Color School Oil on Canvas

Lot 223: Morris Louis American Color School Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Sep 12, 2019

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: Oil on canvas. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed M. Louis on the lower left corner. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 33 x 34 cm (13 x 13.5 in) Frame:41 x 42.5 cm (16.25 x 16.75 in). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas '58

Lot 171: Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas '58

Auction Date: Aug 29, 2019

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed M. Louis 58 on the lower right corner. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 33 x 49.5 cm (13 x 19.5 inches). Framed size: 45 x 61.5 cm (17.5 x 24.25 inches). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Lot 26: Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Aug 15, 2019

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed on verso M. Louis. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 40 x 50.5 cm (15.75 x 20 inches0. Framed size: 54 x 64 cm (21.25 x 25.5 inches). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Lot 74: Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Aug 01, 2019

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed M. Louis on the lower right corner. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 40 x 50.5 cm (15.75 x 20 in). Frame: 49.5 x 60 cm (19.5 x 23.5 in). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Lot 225: Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Jul 18, 2019

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed M. Louis and inscribed '60 on verso. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 59.5 x 40 cm (23.5 x 15.75 in). Frame: 71.5 x 52 cm (28.25 x 20.5 in). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Lot 209: Morris Louis American Abstract Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: Jul 04, 2019

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed on verso M. Louis. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 33 x 49.5 cm (13 x 19.5 inches). Framed size: 40 x 57 cm (16 x 22.5 inches). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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Morris Louis American Color School Oil on Canvas

Lot 191: Morris Louis American Color School Oil on Canvas

Auction Date: May 23, 2019

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: Oil on canvas, stretched and framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed on the lower right corner of verso. Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962, American). 52 x 34 cm (20.5 x 13.4 inches). Framed size: 58 x 40 cm (22.8 x 15.8 inches). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate...

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA

Auction House: 888 Auctions

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MORRIS LOUIS | Number 1-78

Lot 112: MORRIS LOUIS | Number 1-78

Auction Date: May 17, 2019

Estimate: $400,000 - $600,000

Description: Magna on canvas...

Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Sotheby's

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MORRIS LOUIS ABSTRACT MIXED MEDIA WORK V$4,500

Lot 72: MORRIS LOUIS ABSTRACT MIXED MEDIA WORK V$4,500

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2019

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,500

Description: MEASUREMENTS: The piece is 35 inches high and 30 inches wide. SIGNED: "Morris Louis."TYPE OF SIGNATURE: Oil pastel in the bottom left corner/MINT CONDITION...

Location: Tampa, FL, US

Auction House: Auction Kings

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Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Delta Omicron

Lot 692: Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Delta Omicron

Auction Date: Nov 16, 2018

Estimate: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000

Description: Morris Louis (1912-1962)
Delta Omicron
Magna on canvas
103 x 143 ½ in. (261.6 x 364.4 cm.)
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Christie's

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Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Para IV

Lot 32: Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Para IV

Auction Date: Nov 15, 2018

Estimate: $3,000,000 - $5,000,000

Description: Morris Louis (1912-1962)
Para IV
Magna on canvas
101 x 137 in. (256.5 x 348 cm.)
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Christie's

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Morris Louis (B. 1962) - Roseate

Lot 652: Morris Louis (B. 1962) - Roseate

Auction Date: May 18, 2018

Estimate: $500,000 - $700,000

Description: Morris Louis (B. 1962)
Roseate
Magna on canvas
81 7/8 x 105 ¼ in. (208.9 x 267.3 cm.)
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Christie's

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MORRIS LOUIS MIXED MEDIA WORK V$18,000

Lot 92: MORRIS LOUIS MIXED MEDIA WORK V$18,000

Auction Date: Mar 02, 2018

Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000

Description: signed "Morris Louis"/20.75 inches high and 16.75 inches wide including the frame. The composition is roughly 9.5 inches high and 7.5 inches wide/near mint or mint condition...

Location: Tampa, FL, US

Auction House: Auction Kings

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Morris Louis - Lambda II - 1988

Lot 144: Morris Louis - Lambda II - 1988

Auction Date: Feb 20, 2018

Estimate: $250 - $350

Description: "Lambda II" by Morris Louis, 1988 Unsigned Offset Lithograph. Paper size is 34 x 43.5 inches, with an image size of 28.75 x 39.75 inches. The Offset Lithograph is from an unknown edition size. and is not framed. The condition was rated A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling. Additional details:...

Location: Brooklyn , NY, US

Auction House: DUMBO Auctions

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MORRIS LOUIS | Gamma Epsilon

Lot 202: MORRIS LOUIS | Gamma Epsilon

Auction Date: Nov 17, 2017

Estimate: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000

Description: acrylic on canvas...

Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Sotheby's

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Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Gothic

Lot 667: Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Gothic

Auction Date: Nov 16, 2017

Estimate: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000

Description: Morris Louis (1912-1962)
Gothic
acrylic on canvas
91 ½ x 145 ¾ in. (232.4 x 370 cm.)
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Christie's

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MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) PRINT FROM THE PAINTINGS OF THE SPRING SERIES

Lot 240: MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) PRINT FROM THE PAINTINGS OF THE SPRING SERIES

Auction Date: Sep 16, 2017

Estimate: $0 - $0

Description: MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) PRINT FROM THE PAINTINGS OF THE SPRING SERIES...

Location: Midland, TX, US

Auction House: Auctions & Services Unlimited

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MORRIS LOUIS | Number 3-10

Lot 143: MORRIS LOUIS | Number 3-10

Auction Date: May 19, 2017

Estimate: $180,000 - $250,000

Description: Magna on canvas...

Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Sotheby's

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MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) - Cyclops

Lot 53: MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) - Cyclops

Auction Date: Apr 11, 2017

Estimate: €18,000 - €25,000

Description: MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962)
Cyclops
signed and dated ‘Louis 50’ (upper right)
magna on canvas 76 x 66cm.
Executed in 1950
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Location: Amsterdam, NL

Auction House: Christie's

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MORRIS LOUIS | Gamma Epsilon

Lot 123: MORRIS LOUIS | Gamma Epsilon

Auction Date: Nov 18, 2016

Estimate: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000

Description: acrylic on canvas...

Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Sotheby's

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MORRIS LOUIS | Dalet Sin

Lot 126: MORRIS LOUIS | Dalet Sin

Auction Date: Nov 18, 2016

Estimate: $600,000 - $800,000

Description: Magna on canvas...

Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Sotheby's

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Morris Louis (1912-1962) Prime

Lot 121: Morris Louis (1912-1962) Prime

Auction Date: Nov 16, 2016

Estimate: $250,000 - $350,000

Description: Morris Louis (1912-1962)
Prime
acrylic on canvas
89 ½ x 20 ½ in. (227.3 x 52.1 cm.)
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Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Christie's

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Morris Louis 'Winged Hue II' Framed Mid Century Abstract Art Print.

Lot 64: Morris Louis 'Winged Hue II' Framed Mid Century Abstract Art Print.

Auction Date: Nov 13, 2016

Estimate: $100 - $150

Description: Morris Louis, (American, 1912-1962). Framed art print from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston of 1950's ?Winged Hue II? painting. ...

Location: North Reading, MA, US

Auction House: Vintage Vin Auctions

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Morris Louis (1912-1962) Blue Pilaster II, 1960 Acrylic

Lot 66030: Morris Louis (1912-1962) Blue Pilaster II, 1960 Acrylic

Auction Date: Nov 11, 2016

Estimate: $300,000 - $500,000

Description: Morris Louis (1912-1962) Blue Pilaster II, 1960 Acrylic resin (Magna) on canvas 83 x 23-1/2 inches (210.8 x 59.7 cm) PROVENANCE: André Emmerich Gallery, New York; Waddington Galleries, London; Alistair McAlpine, London; Waddington Galleries, London; Helen Heninger; Waddington Galleries, London; The Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement, United Kingdom. LITERATURE: D. Upright, Morris Louis: The Complete Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1985, no. 303, p. 160, illustrated in color. It was a seemingly-ordinary visit to New York City in 1953 that redirected the career of 41-year-old Morris Louis and dramatically shifted Abstract Expressionism toward Color Field painting. For 20 years, against the better judgment of his Russian-Jewish immigrant family, Louis led a quiet life as a Cubist painter. Apart from a stint in New York from 1936-1943 designing murals for the WPA, Louis stayed planted in the DC suburb of Silver Springs, participating in exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art and teaching at the Washington Workshop Center of the Arts. Here, his fellow instructor Kenneth Noland, a graduate of the avant-garde Black Mountain College in North Carolina, introduced Louis to the New York art world. In April 1953, Noland invited Louis to spend a weekend in New York City with his former teacher Clement Greenberg. Greenberg was a famous art critic and champion of Abstract Expressionism. On Saturday, Greenberg took Louis and Noland to several local galleries to see the Abstract Expressionist works of Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. Louis was mesmerized by his first experience with Abstract Expressionism. Later that evening, the men spent five hours at Helen Frankenthaler's studio and fell captive to her "soak stain" masterpiece Mountains and Sea, whose pours of thinned acrylic on unprimed canvas evoked a lyrical landscape. Greenberg later wrote about this transformative moment in Louis's life and in the history of art: "His first sight of the middle-period Pollocks and of a large and extraordinary painting done in 1952 by Helen Frankenthaler, called 'Mountains and Sea,' led Louis to change his direction abruptly. Abandoning Cubism with a completeness for which there was no precedent in either influence, he began to feel, think, and conceive almost exclusively in terms of open color. The revelation he received became an Impressionist revelation, and before he so much as caught a glimpse of anything by Still, Newman, or Rothko, he had aligned his art with theirs. His revulsion against Cubism was a revulsion against the sculptural. Cubism meant shapes, and shapes meant armatures of light and dark. Color meant areas and zones, and the interpenetration of these, which could be achieved better by variations of hue than by variations of value. Recognitions like these liberated Louis's originality along with his hitherto dormant gift for color" (J. Elderfield, Morris Louis, exhibition catalogue, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1986, p. 13). In 1954, in the wake of this color epiphany, Louis experimented with the materials and techniques he observed in Frankenthaler's studio and produced his first mature series of work, The Veils. He abandoned the easel and tried various methods of staining unprimed, unstretched canvas in his tiny 12 x 14' studio. First he draped a large canvas over a paint can on the floor and poured paint over the elevated area. Then he tacked the canvas to a stretcher and poured paint from the top and sides. Louis preferred the fluid consistency of an acrylic paint called Magna, developed by Leonard Bocour, whom Louis knew from his WPA days in New York. Magna appealed to Louis because it could be thinned with turpentine; its resin had a glass-like transparency, creating a luminous effect; and its chemical structure forced each layer of paint to bond together, ensuring a smooth, homogeneous surface. For the Veils, Louis poured overlapping bands of Magna from the top of the stretcher. The paint fanned outward toward the edges and puddled at the bottom. He then poured a "veil" of darker color over the bands, further unifying the surface and effecting a mysterious, ethereal quality. He shaped the bands by loosening or tightening the canvas, and finally, as with all of his subsequent series, cropped the composition and stretched the canvas after the painting had been finished. The Veils are oriented both horizontally and vertically. The "split" Veils reveal bare canvas between the poured bands, and the "triadic" Veils resemble a triptych, as the two braces of the stretcher leave vertical lines that divide the canvas into three sections. While Louis borrowed staining methods from Frankenthaler, he moved beyond her techniques by erasing drawing and landscape elements from the canvases. Indeed, the brilliance of the Veils lies in their insistence upon flat, allover color, rather than three-dimensional tonality, to define painting. Clement Greenberg played an enormous role in cultivating Louis's success. Not only did he introduce Louis to key Abstract Expressionist artists and dealers, but he also arranged important exhibitions for Louis in New York, including the 1954 "Emerging Talent" exhibition at the Kootz Gallery; a 1957 group show at Leo Castelli Gallery; his first one-man show at the Martha Jackson Gallery; and key exhibitions at French & Company in 1959 and 1960-showcasing 23 Veils. Louis rarely showed his art to anyone (including his wife), but he wholly trusted Greenberg and relied on the critic to help crop, title, and orient his paintings. Greenberg ultimately served as the advisor to the Louis Estate from 1962-70. In 1960 Greenberg wrote a major essay for Art International, "Louis and Noland," which brought worldwide attention to the two artists Greenberg described Louis's groundbreaking stain technique as a means of giving primacy to color: "The effect conveys a sense not only of color as somehow disembodied, and therefore more purely optical, but also of color as a thing that opens and expands the picture plane. The suppression of the difference between painted and unpainted surfaces causes pictorial space to leak through-or rather, to seem about to leak through-the framing edges of the picture into the space beyond them." (D. Upright, Morris Louis: The Complete Paintings, New York, 1985, p. 21). ...

Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Heritage Auctions

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Morris Louis (1912-1962) Alcor

Lot 144: Morris Louis (1912-1962) Alcor

Auction Date: Nov 11, 2015

Estimate: $0 - $0

Description: Morris Louis (1912-1962) Alcor...

Location: New York, NY, US

Auction House: Christie's

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Morris Louis, The Museum Of Modern Art, Poster

Lot 1310: Morris Louis, The Museum Of Modern Art, Poster

Auction Date: Jun 25, 2015

Estimate: $300 - $400

Description: Artist: Morris Louis, American (1912 - 1962)
Title: The Museum Of Modern Art
Medium: Poster
Size: 39 x 23 in. (99.06 x 58.42 cm)
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Location: Long Island City, NY, US

Auction House: RoGallery

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