Noland was part of a group of artists known as Washington Color School. How does Noland use color? Make a diagram of the warm versus cool colors. Is your eye drawn to the cool or warmer colors first?
How does the v-shape of the lines influence the movement of the viewer’s eye on the canvas? Experiment with diagonal lines, drawing them in different directions. Which angles create the most dramatic sense of movement?
Trace Untitled, and then create several versions of the work using different color combinations. Use paint, pastels, color pencils, or markers.
Like the other artists in the Washington Color School, Noland did not prime his canvas. What does this mean?
Paint an unprimed canvas. How does this affect the absorption of color? Would it change the overall effect of a composition?
Why do you think Noland chose to not use primer?
Write a poem about this painting, describing the various colors. Do different colors inspire different feelings or emotions?
Write a paragraph about your own reaction to this painting. Do you like it? Why or why not?
Since the early 1900s, New York had been the center of the art world in the United States. Research the art scene in New York City at mid-century, and compare it with that in Washington, D.C. during the 1950s, when Noland was active in the Washington Color School.