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Associated with the Washington Color School, Kenneth Noland is well known for his concentric circle paintings. This is an example of one of Noland's later circle works. Unlike the earlier paintings, in which the artist left the canvas bare around the edges, the circles in this painting rest on a broad field of dark blue, creating the appearance of a celestial body hovering in a dark autumn sky.
With the unprimed canvas directly on the floor, Noland worked from the center outward. He traced concentric circles in pencil around plates and hoops and then filled them in with intense acrylic colors, often diluted with turpentine to ensure even saturation.