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Creator:
Alan Davie, 1920–2014, British
Title:

The Yellow Phantom, Harold William

Date:
between 1957 and 1958
Medium:
Oil on masonite
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 48 x 71 3/4 inches (121.9 x 182.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Nicholas and Susan Pritzker
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
B2017.4.1
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abstract art | ghost | yellow
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:63960
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Alan Davie was one of the most admired and original British artists of the 1960s. He began visiting New York in the late 1950s and met and befriended such artists as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. "It was American artists who were the first to really appreciate what I was doing," Davie reflected in 2000. Like many of these artists, he developed an improvisatory process, in which multiple canvases were laid out on his studio floor and worked up simultaneously. Davie’s interests were wide, incorporating African and Pacific art, Zen Buddhism, and poetry and jazz (of which he was a talented practitioner). These interests are reflected in his busy, colorful canvases, which combine elements of figuration with passages of bold abstraction. Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2020

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