Black and White Movement on Blue and Green II
© The Estate of Terry Frost

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Black and White Movement on Blue and Green II 1951 / 1952
This painting was inspired by the sight of boats moored in St Ives harbour. Although the work is moving towards abstraction, the original subject can still be determined. The first version of this painting is in the Tate Gallery in London; this is a second, slightly different version. Commenting on the first painting, Frost said that he was struck by the movement of the boats on the water, stating; 'I was not portraying subject matter but concentrating on the emotion engendered by what I saw.' The title underlines the independence of the painting from the initial subject.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Abstract art


  • Acc. No. GMA 1299
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 111.80 x 86.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1974