Birth by Kenneth Noland

Birth by Kenneth Noland

Post-Painterly Abstraction
Oil on canvas
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Noland focuses on the relational qualities of the three colours as well as contrasting the vibrant hard-edged rings with their neutral background rather than creating an illusion of depth for ‘Birth’. As the title suggests the circle is the universal symbol of life and eternity yet with no specific subject in this abstract work the only birth is the creation of the painting itself.

Kenneth Noland

Kenneth Noland
Color Field Painting, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Washington Color 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 most 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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