Beginnings by Kenneth Noland

Beginnings
1958
Colour field Painting
Magna on canvas
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA

Beginnings, on a perfectly square canvas, Noland places concentric circles, thus marking the artist’s first attempts at basic forms and archetypal patterns. The circles are slightly irregular which may or may not have been intentional in its effect. The colours complement or contrast with one another creating a lively perceptual effect to the viewer. The jagged penumbra of black paint framing the picture reinforces the feeling of improvisation of the work, and pulls the attention of the viewer beyond the nested circles to see the whole as a burst of energy.

Kenneth Noland
Colour Field Painting, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Washington Colour School
Born: 10 April 1924, North Carolina, USA
Nationality: American
Died: 5 January 2010, Maine, USA

Assigned to the Post-painterly Abstraction movement by Clement Greenberg, Noland’s Colour Field painting was some of the mot consistent and focused art produced in mid-20th century America. Noland developed his own signature style based on simplified and abstract forms, including targets, stripes, and chevrons.

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