Sir Terry Frost Black and White Movement 1952

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Artwork details

Artist
Sir Terry Frost 1915–2003
Title
Black and White Movement
Date 1952
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 1778 x 1016 mm
frame: 1860 x 1047 x 45 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1992
Reference
T06607
Not on display

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Terry Frost was based in St Ives, a harbour town and a centre for abstract

art. There he made a series of works inspired by the boats in the harbour, in which diagonal and curving lines intersect. These lines echo the shapes of the boats and their rocking motion, the curves of the ropes that secured them, the arcs of the swaying masts and the small waves coming into shore.

Frost was associated with a group of ‘Constructionist’ artists committed to non-representational art. He and they frequently based works like this on geometrical proportions

such as the Golden Section.  

February 2010

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