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Born Morris Bernstein in Baltimore, Maryland, Louis studied art at
the Maryland Institute of Fine and Applied Arts from 1929 to 1933.
He worked for the WPA Federal Art Project until the late 1930's.
Labeled a "post-Abstract Expressionist" painter, Louis evolved a style that produced a complete integration of
paint and canvas. Forsaking the three dimensions, Louis worked on enmeshing spectrums of color, differentiated by
hue, filling his canvases with "color space" without perspective. Louis was greatly influenced by the work
of Helen Frankenthaler,
Jackson Pollock, and
Robert Motherwell. His work is represented in the Allentown
Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Modern Art, the Phillips
Collection (Washington, D.C.), the Guggenheim and the Whitney.