FRANK STELLA "ECCENTRIC POLYGON" SCREENPRINT, 1974
Frank Stella created the series of "Eccentric Polygons" in 1974.
It is one of his last series before he transitions to the exuberant, Baroque-busy, elaborate style that defined his aesthetic to this day.
Not surprisingly, these canvases featured prominently in the recent retrospective at the Whitney Museum (in NYC) which will also tour nationally in 2016.
The "Polygon" paintings were created during 1965-1967, each form was created in four different color combinations. Their curious names, this example is called "Moultonboro", come from small towns and locations in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where Stella and his father would go fishing during his youth.
Aesthetically there is a subtle but significant difference between the canvases and the prints. Like many of Stella's multiples, there is a trompe d'ceil effect; the sections of color appear to have been sketched in with a crayon yet bound in with a sharp outline. The canvases, on the other hand, had dense flat colors.
Many of the works in the "Eccentric Polygon" series have odd or almost confrontational color combinations. "Moultonboro" is a rare exception, the almost neon peach on the left compliments the vibrant tropical blues and grape purple. This palette is upbeat and energized and flatters the dynamism of the composition.
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Signed, numbered and dated 1974 by the artist
From an edition of 100.
Lithograph and screenprint.
22"W 17"H (work)
26"W 21"H (framed)