Morris Louis
Happy Friday, 1961, 85 x 39 1/4 in. (215.9 x 99.7 cm), Acrylic resin (Magna) on canvas, Inscribed, back: “Happy Friday” M Louis 62,
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Collection:
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark. Donation: Marcella Louis Brenner/The American Federation of Arts, 1987

Provenance:

Estate of the artist



Exhibitions:

New York: United Nations, 1968–69

Humlebæk, Denmark: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 1982

(E 456): Malmo, Sweden: Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art (color, p. 31), 1992-93



References:

(B 412): Upright 1985, cat. no. 486, color, p.177



Remarks:

Louis was married on Friday, 4 July 1947. The inscribed date probably reflects the year Louis signed and dated the work rather than the year of its execution. Stylistically, it belongs to the large group of Stripe paintings dated 1961. Despite the inscription, no evidence exists to indicate that Louis released this painting during his lifetime.



ML number:
ML 5-74