"Noble Fields" (1987)

"Noble Fields," 1987
Oil on canvas, 5 panels, 86 x 132 inches
Collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Photo by Jennifer Kotter
Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

"'Noble Fields.' It’s fragmented in several sections. The midsection is a young boy sitting on a watermelon in a watermelon patch, eating a slice of watermelon, and then to the left of him in the panel is a woman in a very elegant southern-belle gown. And the face is a kind of a mask or deformity...Today, I still feel that painting. I don’t know how one 'feels' a painting- but it’s the painting that remains as a core piece in my work."
- Ida Applebroog