This painting is composed somewhat like a portrait, depicting Noah straight-on as if to capture his likeness. Unlike the balanced composition of the painting, however, the paint is applied to the canvas in an intentionally loose and careless way, mimicking Noah’s drunken state. This painterly “sloppiness” can be seen in Noah’s face, in which the paint describes the face’s expression without delineating its form. The result is the unsettling and distant expression of an under-described face. Color also emphasizes the darkness of the subject matter; unlike other paintings in this series, a hopeful color fails to enter into the scene organically. The bright blue and yellow border injects the scene with hope, demonstrating the power of color harmony as a communicator.
Written by Brie Stoltzfus