Untitled exhibits trademark elements of the artist’s Floral series: broad bands of color that gravitate toward the center of the canvas and finer streaks of pigment that cascade to its base. Louis took cues from the visual vocabularies of fellow painters—including Jackson Pollock’s drips and Helen Frankenthaler’s washes—while also establishing his own distinctive style, seen here in the saturated fields of pooled, vibrant color. To achieve this effect, the artist thinned Magna with an acrylic resin and turpentine. He then poured the mixture onto an unprimed, loosely tacked canvas—a difficult undertaking, as the painting almost filled his tiny, twelve-by-fourteen-foot studio.
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