NOLAND : S T R I P E S


PITCH, 1967.23.7 x 93 in

 

The first Noland paintings composed with parallel stripes were narrow diamonds. These took something of the dynamism of the Chevrons, but transferred it to the picture shape, a narrow or "Needle" diamond. The emphatic character of this shape made it possible for Noland to take extreme liberties with values. In "PITCH", the colour shifts in three simple steps from ochre, through burnt orange, to black, but there's no sense of foreground and background.