NOLAND : S T R I P E S


GRADED EXPOSURE, 1967. 88.7 x 229 in.

 

Another enormous picture that seems at once simple and complex. Bands of colour grow progressively narrower near the top of the picture, intimating a kind of recession into distance, but are pulled back to the surface by proximity to the upper edge of the painting. This kind of recession was suggested, from time to time, by Paul Klee, an early influence upon Noland, but always on a miniature scale. Here the scale is heroic but intimate.