(1912 - 1962)

"The crucial revelation he got from Pollock and Frankenthaler had to do with facture as much as as anything else. The more closely color could be identified with its ground, the freer would it be from the interference of tactile associations; the way to achieve this closer identification was by adapting water-color technique to oil and using thin paint on an absorbent surface. Louis spills his paint on unsized and unprimed cotton duck canvas, leaving the pigment almost everywhere thin enough, no matter how many different veils of it are superimposed, for the eye to sense the threadedness and wovenness of the fabric underneath. But "underneath" is the wrong word. The fabric, being soaked in paint rather than merely covered by it, becomes paint in itself, color in itself, like a dyed cloth: the threadedness and wovenness are in the color... The effect conveys a sense not only of color as somehow disembodied, and therefore more purely optical, but also of a color as a thing that opens and expands the picture plane..." 


                                                                  - Clement Greenberg


Lamed Gimel

1958 Magna on canvas 89 x 146 3/4 inches