(1912 - 1962)
| Born in Baltimore, Morris Louis was a major
figure in the mid 20th-century contemporary art scene in New York City.
He is known for his drip paintings, the pouring of thinned acrylic paint
onto unprimed or partially primed canvases. His later paintings had irregular
stripes of bright colour, often overlapping and merging. He deliberately
disassociated himself from the painterliness of the loaded brush of the
abstract expressionists and pursuing his methods of using thinned paint
was, along with Helen
Frankenthaller, one of the key figures in the movement called Color
He studied at the Maryland Institute of Fine and Applied Art in Baltimore and then worked in New York as a WPA artist. At that time he changed his name from Morris Bernstein. He returned to Baltimore briefly before settling in Washington DC in 1952.