Morris Louis
Masque, 1958-1959, 78 x 104 in. (198.1 x 264.2 cm), Acrylic resin (Magna) on canvas, Inscribed, back: Ptd in 1958,
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Collection:
Present location unknown [2012]

Provenance:

Park International, New York

Kasmin Ltd., New York

Carter Burden, New York

Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York

Galerie Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland

Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rock, San Francisco



Exhibitions:

(E 30): Milan: Galleryia dell’Ariete (cat. no. 7, dated 1959–1960), 1960

(E 88): London: Whitechapel Art Gallery (cat. no. 11, dated 1959), 1965 (exhibition originated in Amsterdam)

(E 118): Eindhoven, the Netherlands: Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, 1967

(E 309): Geneva, Switzerland: Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (bw, p. 32); Basel, Switzerland: Galerie Beyeler (cat. no. 35); Madrid: Fundacion Juan March (cat. no. 15, color); Barcelona: Fundacion Joan Miró (cat. no. 18, color); Edinburgh, Scotland: Scottish National Gallery of Art (cat. no. 8); Aarhus, Denmark: Kunstmuseum (cat. no. 15), 1976–78



References:

(B 412): Upright 1985, cat. no. 189, color, p.150



Remarks:

Toward the end of his Veil series, Louis painted 17 Veil paintings, most of which measure about 78 x 102 in. (198.1 x 259.1 cm.). These late Veils are commonly called “Italian” Veils because a group of them was first exhibited in Milan in 1960. Those 7 pictures were all dated 1959–60 in the Galleryia dell’Ariete exhibition catalogue, including Masque, which recently was found to bear the inscription “Ptd in 1958.” Five others in the group, none of which was exhibited in Milan, are inscribed with the date 1960. It is Diane Upright’s belief that the “Italian” Veils were most likely painted in 1959, but signed and dated when initially released in 1960.



ML number:
ML 5-00