Sir Terry Frost Yellow Triptych 1957–9

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Artist
Sir Terry Frost 1915–2003
Title
Yellow Triptych
Date 1957–9
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 2286 x 3657 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1992
Reference
T06608
Not on display

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This painting was made in response to Frost's experience of landscape after he went to Leeds to take up a fellowship in the 1950's. Whilst living in St Ives he had characterised the Cornish peninsula as a place, 'where you can stand like a giant above the landscape'. The Yorkshire Dales were more imposing, and their dramatic scale is echoed in 'Yellow Triptych'. This painting creates the sensation of a huge space in which forms float freely before the viewer. Like many artists, Frost was aware of American abstract painting. In his own work he gradually established a repertoire of strong recurring images derived from signs, flags and other forms.

September 2004