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Beth Aleph

Morris Louis, a member of the Washington, D.C.–based group of artists referred to as the Color Field Painters, is known for his luminous, abstract paintings for which he poured thinned washes of acrylic paint onto unprimed cotton canvas. The paint soaked deeply into the weave of the canvas, blending slightly with the other colors. From the 1950s until his death in 1962, Louis worked on several series of poured, stained paintings. Beth Aleph is from the series titled Veils, so called because the ribbons of color are reminiscent of gauzy fabric veils.

Morris Louis
American, 1912–1962
Beth Aleph
Acrylic on canvas
95 3/8 x 140 3/8 in. (242.3 x 356.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Jane and Roger Wolcott Memorial, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 75.46

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