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Painter, b. 1912 - d. 1962

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 (American, 1912-1962) - Charred Journal (Firewritten Series)
          Feb. 27, 2024

          Morris Louis (American, 1912-1962) - Charred Journal (Firewritten Series)

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          Morris Louis (American, 1912-1962) - Charred Journal (Firewritten Series) Signed ‘M Louis’ bottom right, Magna (acrylic resin) on canvas 29 x 26 in. (73.7 x 66cm) Executed in 1951. Provenance The Artist. Collection of Leonard Bocour, New York, New York.  Collection of Robert Bogdanoff, Washington, D.C. Mrs. Robert Bogdanoff, San Francisco, California. Sotheby Parke Bernet, Los Angeles, sale of June 18-19, 1979, lot 340 (sold as Abstract Composition). Presumably acquired directly from the above sale. Collection of Joyce Treiman, Pacific Palisades, California. Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, California. Collection of Robert Dean, San Francisco, California. Collection of Lydia Titcomb, California. Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Paul Watzlawick, Menlo Park, California. Sotheby's Arcade, New York, sale of October 10, 1990, lot 384. Acquired directly from the above sale. The Collection of Sidney Rothberg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Literature Diane Upright, Morris Louis: The Complete Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1985, no. 36, p. 136 (illustrated). Lot Essay Morris Louis was an American painter associated with the Color Field movement, which emerged in the 1950s and 1960s. Louis is perhaps best known for his Veil and Stripe series, which are characterized by their use of thinned acrylic paint that was poured or stained onto unprimed canvases. These techniques allowed the paint to soak into the fabric, producing luminous, translucent layers of color. One of Louis’s earlier works, Charred Journal (Firewritten Series) from 1951, predates his signature pouring technique but already showcases his interest in experimenting with materials and processes, mark-making and abstraction. For John Elderfield, former Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, the series reveals “a highly astute, knowledgable artist preoccupied with the problem of fixing emphatically charged imagery onto a demonstrably flat, wafer-thin surface.” In Charred Journal (Firewritten Series), Louis used a blowtorch to burn and char the surface of the canvas, creating a series of intricate, linear patterns reminiscent of calligraphy or ancient scripts. The title suggests a connection to writing or documentation, but the resulting artwork transcends literal interpretation, inviting viewers to engage with its tactile and visual qualities. Like much of Louis's œuvre, Charred Journal reflects his interest in pushing the boundaries of painting and challenging conventional notions of artistic expression. By employing unconventional techniques and materials, Louis sought to capture the essence of color and form in its purest, most elemental state. This unique approach adds an element of surprise and intrigue for those, such as Rothberg, who were interested in exploring the innovative artistic techniques being employed at this time. Overall, Louis's Charred Journal (Firewritten Series) serves as a testament to the artist's innovative spirit and his enduring impact on the evolution of abstract painting in the 20th century.

          Freeman's | Hindman
        • MORRIS LOUIS, ANDRE EMMERICH GALLERY EXHIBITION, POSTER
          Feb. 24, 2024

          MORRIS LOUIS, ANDRE EMMERICH GALLERY EXHIBITION, POSTER

          Est: $675 - $875

          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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        • MORRIS LOUIS (after)
          Feb. 20, 2024

          MORRIS LOUIS (after)

          Est: CHF190 - CHF290

          Point of Tranquility, (1959-1960). Size 71 × 92 cm Point de tranquillité, (1959-1960). Taille 71 x 92 cm

          TGP Auction
        • Vintage Exhibition Poster Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery 1967
          Feb. 18, 2024

          Vintage Exhibition Poster Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery 1967

          Est: -

          Vintage Exhibition Poster Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery 1967. Morris Louis (1912-1962). 22.25" x 28.75". Pickup is Monday, February 19th from 12pm to 6pm and Tuesday, February 20th from 10am to 3pm in Gahanna, Ohio 43230. (THIS IS THE ONLY PICKUP WINDOW) or we will provide in-house shipping for this item. We will charge a $3 delivery fee to take this lot to our warehouse for processing. Once packed up we will send you an invoice for shipping & handling. Shipping questions: [email protected] Sales tax will be collected for all bidders paying with a card. We will not charge sales tax if you come to pay cash in person (you are welcomed to do this!) If tax exempt, make sure your certificate is submitted with Invaluable.

          Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
        • Number 14
          Nov. 16, 2023

          Number 14

          Est: $300,000 - $500,000

          Morris Louis 1912 - 1962 Number 14 Magna on canvas 79 by 9½ in. 200.7 by 24.1 cm. Executed in 1962.

          Sotheby's
        • MORRIS LOUIS, ANDRE EMMERICH GALLERY EXHIBITION, POSTER
          Nov. 04, 2023

          MORRIS LOUIS, ANDRE EMMERICH GALLERY EXHIBITION, POSTER

          Est: $650 - $850

          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)

          RoGallery
        • Morris Louis, (1912-1962), Galerie Andre Emmerich, Zurich, Exhibition Poster, 1973, offset color lithograph
          Nov. 03, 2023

          Morris Louis, (1912-1962), Galerie Andre Emmerich, Zurich, Exhibition Poster, 1973, offset color lithograph

          Est: $50 - $75

          Morris Louis (1912-1962) Galerie Andre Emmerich, Zurich, Exhibition Poster, 1973 offset color lithograph unframed Donated to benefit the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

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        • MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Boy With Flinching Birds oil on canvas 24 x 20 in.
          Sep. 29, 2023

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Boy With Flinching Birds oil on canvas 24 x 20 in.

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Boy With Flinching Birds oil on canvas 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Morris Louis (American, 1912-1962) 'D37' Ink on Paper
          Aug. 20, 2023

          Morris Louis (American, 1912-1962) 'D37' Ink on Paper

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Morris Louis (American, 1912-1962) 'D37' Ink on Paper 1948, unsigned, depicting an abstract line composition in black ink on a white sheet, 'ML' blindstamp lower right corner, mounted floating in a wood frame under acrylic, having Andre Emmerich Gallery stamp as well as Galerie 99 label having artist information, title and date verso Property from: an Estate, South Bend, Indiana Category: Fine Art > Fine Art Estimated Sale Time: 10:36 am CST Shipping Status: Leonard Auction, Inc. will provide direct shipping for this lot. Please visit our website for a shipping estimate. Last modified: August 7, 2023, 12:45 pm

          Leonard Auction
        • Morris Louis Galerie Andre Emmerich Zürich Mai
          Jun. 11, 2023

          Morris Louis Galerie Andre Emmerich Zürich Mai

          Est: €1,000 - €2,000

          1 Affiche Non-Entoilée / Vintage Poster on Paper not lined

          Mirabaud-Mercier
        • Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery
          Jun. 11, 2023

          Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery

          Est: €1,000 - €2,000

          Affiche entoilée/ Vintage Poster on Linnen

          Mirabaud-Mercier
        • ATTRIB. MORRIS LOUIS, UNTITLED, O/P.
          Jun. 09, 2023

          ATTRIB. MORRIS LOUIS, UNTITLED, O/P.

          Est: $200 - $400

          Attributed to Morris Louis (1912-1962). Untitled, acrylic on paper. Small signature on verso. Galerie Louise Leiris stamp on verso. Sight: 8 1/2" x 11 1/2". Frame:13 1/2" x 16".

          Quinn's Auction Galleries
        • Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster
          Jun. 03, 2023

          Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

          Est: $650 - $850

          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)

          RoGallery
        • MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Surge Magna on canvas 91 1/2 x 149 3/4 in. (232.4
          May. 11, 2023

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Surge Magna on canvas 91 1/2 x 149 3/4 in. (232.4

          Est: $2,000,000 - $3,000,000

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Surge Magna on canvas 91 1/2 x 149 3/4 in. (232.4 x 380.4 cm.)

          Christie's
        • MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Number 2-67 Magna on canvas 91 x 33 5/8 in. (231.2
          May. 11, 2023

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Number 2-67 Magna on canvas 91 x 33 5/8 in. (231.2

          Est: $1,800,000 - $2,500,000

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Number 2-67 Magna on canvas 91 x 33 5/8 in. (231.2 x 85.4 cm.)

          Christie's
        • MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Beta Beta Magna on canvas 98 x 156 1/4 in. (248.9
          May. 11, 2023

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Beta Beta Magna on canvas 98 x 156 1/4 in. (248.9

          Est: $2,000,000 - $3,000,000

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Beta Beta Magna on canvas 98 x 156 1/4 in. (248.9 x 396.9 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Morris Louis Galerie Andre Emmerich Zürich Mai
          May. 09, 2023

          Morris Louis Galerie Andre Emmerich Zürich Mai

          Est: €1,000 - €2,000

          1 Affiche Non-Entoilée / Vintage Poster on Paper not lined

          Mirabaud-Mercier
        • Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery
          May. 09, 2023

          Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery

          Est: €1,000 - €2,000

          Affiche entoilée/ Vintage Poster on Linnen

          Mirabaud-Mercier
        • MORRIS LOUIS, THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (BETH CHAF), POSTER
          Mar. 11, 2023

          MORRIS LOUIS, THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (BETH CHAF), POSTER

          Est: $250 - $350

          Artist: Morris Louis, American (1912 - 1962) Title: The Museum of Modern Art (Beth Chaf) Year: 1986 Medium: Poster Size: 39 x 23 in. (99.06 x 58.42 cm)

          RoGallery
        • Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery
          Jan. 15, 2023

          Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery

          Est: €1,000 - €2,000

          Affiche entoilée/ Vintage Poster on Linnen

          Millon Riviera
        • Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery
          Nov. 28, 2022

          Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery

          Est: €1,000 - €2,000

          Affiche entoilée/ Vintage Poster on Linnen

          Millon Riviera
        • MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Beth Lamed Magna on canvas 90 1/4 x 150 in. (220.2
          Nov. 18, 2022

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Beth Lamed Magna on canvas 90 1/4 x 150 in. (220.2

          Est: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Beth Lamed Magna on canvas 90 1/4 x 150 in. (220.2 x 381 cm.)

          Christie's
        • MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Number 1-44 Magna on canvas 79 x 12 in. (200.7 x 3
          Nov. 18, 2022

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Number 1-44 Magna on canvas 79 x 12 in. (200.7 x 3

          Est: $350,000 - $550,000

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Number 1-44 Magna on canvas 79 x 12 in. (200.7 x 30.5 cm.)

          Christie's
        • MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Untitled Magna on canvas 102 x 152 1/2 in. (259.1
          Nov. 18, 2022

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Untitled Magna on canvas 102 x 152 1/2 in. (259.1

          Est: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Untitled Magna on canvas 102 x 152 1/2 in. (259.1 x 387.4 cm.)

          Christie's
        • MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Floral V Magna on canvas 99 1/8 x 142 3/4 in. (251
          Nov. 17, 2022

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Floral V Magna on canvas 99 1/8 x 142 3/4 in. (251

          Est: $3,000,000 - $5,000,000

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Floral V Magna on canvas 99 1/8 x 142 3/4 in. (251.5 x 364.8 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster
          Nov. 05, 2022

          Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

          Est: $1,750 - $2,200

          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)

          RoGallery
        • Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster
          Aug. 10, 2022

          Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

          Est: $1,750 - $2,200

          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)

          RoGallery
        • Morris Louis Andre Emmerich GalleryPosters Originals Ltd Affiche entoilée/ Vintage Poster on Linnen T.B.E. A + 109 x 43cm
          Jun. 25, 2022

          Morris Louis Andre Emmerich GalleryPosters Originals Ltd Affiche entoilée/ Vintage Poster on Linnen T.B.E. A + 109 x 43cm

          Est: €1,000 - €2,000

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

          Mirabaud-Mercier
        • MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Lower Spectrum Magna on canvas 89 x 133 7/8 in. (2
          May. 12, 2022

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Lower Spectrum Magna on canvas 89 x 133 7/8 in. (2

          Est: $1,500,000 - $2,500,000

          MORRIS LOUIS (1912-1962) Lower Spectrum Magna on canvas 89 x 133 7/8 in. (226.1 x 340 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Morris Louis Andre Emmerich GalleryPosters Originals Ltd Affiche entoilée/ Vintage Poster on Linnen T.B.E. A + 109 x 43cm
          May. 10, 2022

          Morris Louis Andre Emmerich GalleryPosters Originals Ltd Affiche entoilée/ Vintage Poster on Linnen T.B.E. A + 109 x 43cm

          Est: €1,000 - €2,000

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

          Mirabaud-Mercier
        • Morris Louis - Number 28 - 1980 Offset Lithograph 34" x 23"
          Apr. 05, 2022

          Morris Louis - Number 28 - 1980 Offset Lithograph 34" x 23"

          Est: $200 - $300

          "Number 28" by Morris Louis, 1980 Unsigned Offset Lithograph. Paper size is 34 x 23 inches, with an image size of 23 x 19 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: Original exhibition poster for Walker Art Center.

          DUMBO Auctions
        • Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster
          Nov. 28, 2021

          Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

          Est: $1,750 - $2,200

          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)

          RoGallery
        • Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster
          May. 28, 2021

          Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

          Est: $1,750 - $2,200

          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)

          RoGallery
        • Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery 1982
          Apr. 24, 2021

          Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery 1982

          Est: €1,000 - €2,000

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

          Artprecium
        • MORRIS LOUIS 1912-1962 Major Works 1979
          Mar. 18, 2021

          MORRIS LOUIS 1912-1962 Major Works 1979

          Est: -

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

          Aste Bolaffi
        • Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery 1982
          Mar. 16, 2021

          Morris Louis Andre Emmerich Gallery 1982

          Est: €1,000 - €2,000

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

          Artprecium
        • Morris Louis - Paintings of the Spring - 1978 Offset Lithograph 12" x 37"
          Dec. 29, 2020

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

          Est: $90 - $150

          "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.

          DUMBO Auctions
        • Morris Louis (1912-1962) Number 20 Magna on canvas 90 x 23 in. (228.6 x 58.
          Dec. 03, 2020

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

          Est: $600,000 - $800,000

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

          Christie's
        • Morris Louis (American, 1912-1962) Bird
          Feb. 13, 2020

          Morris Louis (American, 1912-1962) Bird

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          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.

          Christie's
        • MORRIS LOUIS | Sidle
          Feb. 11, 2020

          MORRIS LOUIS | Sidle

          Est: £400,000 - £600,000

          Magna on canvas

          Sotheby's
        • Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster
          Jan. 01, 2020

          Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

          Est: $400 - $600

          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)

          RoGallery
        • Morris Louis, American, Exhibition Poster for the Hirshhorn Museum, 41 x 49 inches (overall with frame)
          Dec. 18, 2019

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

          Est: $50 - $70

          framed.

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        • MORRIS LOUIS | Number 38
          Nov. 15, 2019

          MORRIS LOUIS | Number 38

          Est: $2,000,000 - $3,000,000

          Magna on canvas

          Sotheby's
        • MORRIS LOUIS | Lambda II
          Nov. 14, 2019

          MORRIS LOUIS | Lambda II

          Est: $1,500,000 - $2,000,000

          Magna on canvas

          Sotheby's
        • Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Alpha Beta
          Nov. 14, 2019

          Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Alpha Beta

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

          Morris Louis (1912-1962) Alpha Beta Magna on canvas 102 ½ x 159 ¼ in. (260.4 x 404.5 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Morris Louis (1912-1962) - Number 1-60
          Nov. 14, 2019

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

          Est: $300,000 - $500,000

          Morris Louis (1912-1962) Number 1-60 Magna on canvas 80 ½ x 10 ½ in. (204.5 x 26.7 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster
          Nov. 03, 2019

          Morris Louis, Andre Emmerich Gallery Exhibition, Poster

          Est: $400 - $600

          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)

          RoGallery
        • MORRIS LOUIS | Number 1-78
          May. 17, 2019

          MORRIS LOUIS | Number 1-78

          Est: $400,000 - $600,000

          Magna on canvas

          Sotheby's
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