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Longitude, 1954, 96 1/2 x 66 in. (245.1 x 167.6 cm), Acrylic resin (Magna) on canvas, Inscribed, back: ML No 44 Longitude 1955, du58

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Ronnie and Samuel Heyman Collection, United States [2012]


Estate of the artist


(E 26): New York: French & Company (cat. no. 5, labeled Longitudes), April–May 1959

(E 121): Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Boston: Museum of Fine Arts; St. Louis, Missouri: City Art Museum (cat. no. 15, labeled Longitudes, dimensions reversed; bw, p. 40, incorrectly labeled Breaking Hue), 1967

(E 326): Minneapolis: Walker Art Center; Denver Art Museum; Fort Worth, Texas: Fort Worth Art Museum; Syracuse, New York: Everson Museum of Art; Baltimore Museum of Art (cat. no. 2), 1977–78

(E 424): New York: André Emmerich Gallery (cat. no. 1, color), 1985

(E 437): Shiga, Japan: The Museum of Modern Art (cat. no. 1, color, p. 27), 1986

(E 435): Fort Worth, Texas: Fort Worth Art Museum; Washington D.C.: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution (color, p. 91), 1987

(E 457): New York: André Emmerich Gallery (color), 1992

(E 462): Grenoble, France: Musée Grenoble; Münster, Germany: Westfälisches Landesmuseum (color, p. 70), 1996

(E 464): New York: André Emmerich Gallery, 1997


(B 249): Fried 1970, color pl. 22 (transposed with Breaking Hue, color pl. 24)

(B 253): Gold 1970, comm., p. D6

(B 412): Upright 1985, color pl., p. 63, cat. no. 58, color, p.138

Morris Louis: Dipiniti (Milan, Italy: Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, 1990), exh. cat., color, fig. 9


Sometime after the artist’s death confusion arose regarding this painting and Breaking Hue, cat. no. 59. In November 1975 the backs of both canvases were examined and this painting was found to bear the artist’s inscription as indicated above. Louis assigned numbers to paintings in 1959 and 1960 when he was selecting work for exhibition. Since this painting is clearly related stylistically to the other Veil paintings executed in 1954, it is probable that it was painted in 1954 and inscribed by Louis in 1955.

ML number:

ML 4-68

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