Hiraqla Variation III

Frank Stella (American, 1936–)
Fluorescent acrylic on oval canvas 
120 x 240 x 3-1/16 in. (304.8 x 609.6 x 7.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist 
Accession Number:
© 2017 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 
Not on View

In 1967, Stella began working on his famed "Protractor Series," in which thirty-one canvas formats are realized in three different designs: interlaces, rainbows, and fans. "Hiraqla Variation III" is an example of the fan design. Here, semi-circles are filled with rhythmic wedges of color. To balance the decorative patterns created in these paintings, Stella used a wide and graduated range of colors, many of which he mixed himself. Stella named the paintings in this series after ancient circular Islamic cities and the gateways that surrounded them.


Frank Stella, gift 1969 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1969-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, 1975.

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