SIR TERRY FROST, R.A. (1915-2003)
SIR TERRY FROST, R.A. (1915-2003)
SIR TERRY FROST, R.A. (1915-2003)
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SIR TERRY FROST, R.A. (1915-2003)

White Wedge

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SIR TERRY FROST, R.A. (1915-2003)
Frost, Sir T.
White Wedge
signed, inscribed and dated 'White Wedge/C59/Terry Frost' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
48 x 48 in. (122 x 122 cm.)
Painted in 1959.
Provenance
with Austin Desmond Fine Art, London, where acquired by Robert Devereux in July 2004.
His sale; Sotheby's, London, 3 November 2010, lot 35, where purchased by the present owner.

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Lot Essay

Painted in 1959, White Wedge is an assured example of Terry Frost’s growing confidence in the late 1950s at a time when his international reputation was on the rise. Rather than emphasising either colour, form, or facture, he made these elements interact to form a composite and loosely evocative abstraction using wedge and half-circle shapes to divide the painted canvas.

Frost devised, as in his work earlier in the 1950s, a way to both suggest figuration whilst still remaining ostensibly abstract. The reduction of the palette and rough texture of the painted surface in the paintings of 1959 and 1960 evokes the Cornish landscape with which he is so closely associated.

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