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Partition, 1962, 17 1/2 x 102 1/4 in. (44.5 x 259.7 cm), Acrylic resin (Magna) on canvas, Inscribed, back: Partition/M Louis'62; “Top” [indicating both vertical and horizontal hanging], du647

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Tate, London, United Kingdom. Gift of Leslie Waddington, 1966


André Emmerich Gallery, New York

Waddington Galleries, London


(E 366): Jerusalem: Israel Museum; Tel Aviv Museum (cat. no. 18), 1980–81

(E 495): Chiba, Japan: Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art (color, p. 37 & no. 15, p. 41), 2008


Tate Gallery Report 1965–66 (London: 1967), appendix 3, p. 36

(B 401): Ayers 1982, bw, p. 46

(B 412): Upright 1985, cat. no. 647, color, p.190

(B 483): Steiner 2006, fig. 30, color, p. 47


In a letter dated 22 March 1966 to the Tate Gallery, André Emmerich wrote: “The painting is one of a very few ‘narrow stripe’ paintings which are ‘open ended’ on both ends of the stripes. These pictures were intended by Morris Louis to be seen either vertically (with one or the other end at the top), or horizontally. However, Morris Louis always preferred the horizontal position for these pictures.”

ML number:

ML 5-09

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