Kenneth Noland¬†(1924 ‚Äď 2010) is one of the most important artists and contributors to the evolution of American abstraction. He is one of the most beloved and enduring figures in the Color-Field movement.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, such as Helen Frankenthaler and Sam Gilliam, Noland nearly rejected printmaking until later in his career. However, once Noland began collaborating with the printmakers at Tyler Graphics (and other studios) he was more interested in using their applications to make unique one-of-a-kind artworks. 

This unique monotype is an excellent example of Noland's interest in working with print-makers to make unique works. Continuing the tradition of using moulds and hand-made highly textured paper, Noland worked at the legendary Poligrafa studio in Barcelona in January 1983. 

While in Spain Noland focused on the concentric diamond. This is another geometric motif that Noland embraced in order to explore color interaction and texture. This series, especially this work, show Noland at his most 'painterly' with the artist's hand on clear display. The surface blends a broad palette of Impressionist colors as if borrowed from an idyllic Monet water scene. On closer inspection we can discover squiggles, smudged lines and clusters of shading as if done by an impatient hand using pastels. 

Pistachio, jade, mustard, rich umber, mauve, and teal shift into and out of each other, yet avoiding the clear-cut stacked triangular outline of his signature rhombi arrangement.

This work is a fine example of one of Noland's creations that showcases his ingenuity and mastery of color.

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from the "Bravo Costa Brava" series ("Pistachio")

Barcelona, Spain 1983

Monotype on handmade paper

Signed and dated by artist with inventory number "BCB83.027" on verso

Artist's blindstamp printed to the edge of the sheet, bottom right

40"H 28.5"W (Work, deckled edges)

51"H 39"W (framed)

Very good condition.

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