Blue Triangle Enters
© Alan Davie

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Blue Triangle Enters 1953
  • Scottish Art
When creating this painting, Davie tried to rid his mind of conscious decision-making. He abandoned traditional methods of composition and subject matter and strove to paint with complete freedom. This approach was influenced by the artist's interest in Zen Buddhism. The work was painted on two large pieces of board, laid on the floor. Davie had to stand on the board itself to reach the centre of the painting. This is one of his first paintings to incorporate footprints, some of which belong to his young daughter, Jane.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


The representation of subjects or ideas by use of a device or motif to create underlying meaning. A literary and artistic movement that originated in France and spread through much of Europe in the late 19th century. There was no consistent style but rather an appeal to the idea of the artist as mystic or visionary and the desire to express a world beyond superficial appearances.

Composition, Symbolism


  • Acc. No. GMA 4111
  • Medium Oil on masonite (board)
  • Size Framed: 153.00 x 192.00 x 3.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund 1997