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    Sale 7595

    20th Century British Art

    6 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 6

    Sir Terry Frost, R.A. (1915-2003)

    Hessian and Black Figure

    Price Realised  

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    Sir Terry Frost, R.A. (1915-2003)
    Hessian and Black Figure
    signed, inscribed and dated 'Hessian and Black/Figure/59/May 60/Terry Frost' (on the reverse)
    oil and collage on canvas
    50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm.)


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    Mel Gooding comments, 'His [Frost's] play with recurrent forms and motifs, and his virtuosic manipulation of surface colour and texture, constitute what can properly be called the constructive aspect of Frost's art: a process, largely intuitive, of composing, of image-building within the confine of the support, conditioned by the 'materials and their existence as form and colour'. It is worth repeating that this process has a more than formal significance: this 'dynamic equilibrium' between colour-shapes, tensions of line and stroke on the plane, colour, tone, translucency and opacity are the abstract components of a pictorial drama. Frost has called this 'the myth': it is the 'content' of abstract painting, what replaces the mythological (classical or religious) subject matter of classic post-Renaissance painting' (see Exhibition catalogue, Terry Frost: Six Decades, London, Royal Academy of Arts, 2000, pp. 21-22).

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    Provenance

    with Redfern Gallery, London, where purchased by Whitford and Hughes in September 1989.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 25 November 1993, lot 72, where purchased by the present owner.