Dalet Kaf by Morris Louis

Dalet Kaf
1959
Color Field Painting
Acrylic resin on canvas
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Dalet Kaf is an example of Louis’ Veil paintings. Due to the confines of his studio, Louis stapled canvas to the walls and in Dalet Kaf the sheer washes of paint cascade down the canvas surface, the brighter colours muted by the veils of black that frame the composition. An inventive technique enlisting gravity as one of the artistic tools as it aided and shaped the flow of paint. Louis emphasized the medium’s fluidity rather than his own artistic authority over it. The paint itself becoming the subject of the work.

Morris Louis
Color Field Painting, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Washington Color School
Born: 28 November 1912, Maryland, USA
Nationality: American
Died: 7 September 1962, Washington DC, USA

Louis was one of the leading artists in Colour Field painting, along with his contemporaries Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler. In a short prolific career Louis continually experimented with method and medium, manipulating large canvases in creative wats to control the flow and stain of paint. His maturity of style, characterized by layered veils and rivulets of poured acrylic paint on untreated canvases, make his paintings among the most iconic works of Colour Field painting

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