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Sir Terry Frost, 1915–2003
Linen Blue and Yellow
Materials & Techniques:
Oil and collage on canvas
76 x 48 inches (193 x 121.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Purchased with contributions from the following Friends of British Art: Joan and Bugs Baer; Louise and David G. Carter; Lee MacCormick Edwards; Christopher Forbes; Alison P. Henning; Rose and Larry Hughes; Gale and Bernard Kosto; Elaine and Melvin Merians; Claire and Millard Pryor; Alison and Ross D. Siragusa, Jr.; Ira Spanierman; Liz and Bill Tower; George Weiss; Nicolette Wernick; Miriam M. and Charles O. Wood, III
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abstract art | blue | linen | yellow
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Terry Frost served as a commando in the Second World War until his capture in Crete in 1941. He discovered his artistic vocation during his time as a prisoner of war in Germany. After the end of the war, in 1945, he sought to fulfill his artistic ambitions by moving to St. Ives, where he would retain a home until 1961. He quickly established himself as one of the leading practitioners of abstraction in Britain. Frost took inspiration from nature, but his primary interest lay with the two-dimensional structure of the canvas, not the subject from which it derived. Frost made this painting shortly after his first one-man show in New York in 1960. His interest in contemporary American painting is clear, as is the debt he owed to Ben Nicholson, who was an early supporter of his work.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Art in Focus : St Ives Abstraction (Yale Center for British Art, 2013-04-12 - 2013-09-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Revisiting Traditions [BAC 20th century painting & sculpture] (Yale Center for British Art, 2002-04-30 - 2005-05-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Sylviane Gold, In the Abstract, a Coastal Scene Materializes, A Review of 'Art in Focus: St. Ives Abstraction’ at Yale Center for British Art , New York Times, New York, July 14, 2013, Metropolitan Section, p. 9, Yale Internet Resource [ORBIS]

St Ives abstraction, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2013, pp. 14, 15-16, V 2475 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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