Hiraqla Variation III
Frank Stella (American, 1936–2024)
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.


  • Artist Name: Frank Stella (American, 1936–2024)
  • Title: Hiraqla Variation III
  • Date: 1969
  • Medium: Fluorescent acrylic on oval canvas
  • Dimensions: 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: P.1969.127
  • Copyright: © 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

Object Information

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

Loan to the permanent collection, Virginia Steele Scott Galleries at the Huntington_4

  • The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, 2014-07-09 to 2016-10-31

The Chromatic Eye: New York Paintings and Prints from the 1960s

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2001-07-20 to 2001-10-22

Recent Acquisitions, 1969

  • Pasadena Art Museum, 1969-11-24 to 1970-01-18

Radical Past: Contemporary Art and Music in Pasadena, 1960-1974

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1999-02-07 to 1999-06-06
  • Armory Center for the Arts, 1999-02-07 to 1999-04-11
  • Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.), 1999-02-07 to 1999-04-25

Permanent and Loan Collection, 1973

  • Pasadena Museum of Modern Art, 1973-01-30 to 1973-12-31
  • Pasadena Art Museum, Recent Acquisitions 1969, 1969, p. 13
  • Armory Center for the Arts/Art Center College of Design, Radical Past: Contemporary Art & Music in Pasadena, 1960-1974, 1999, p. 91
  • Norton Simon Museum Members' Summer Newsletter, 2001,
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