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Morris Louis
Faces
1959
acrylic
91 1/4 x 136 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the Vincent Melzac Collection through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program



For Morris Louis "paintings should produce a delicious pain in the eye—make the viewer gasp—knock him down and seduce him." Staining his color directly into the canvas rather than painting it on with a brush, Louis achieved sublime, breathtaking results. His use of the title, Faces, is evocative rather than literal.