Sir Terry FROST (1915-2003)
Midnight Blue and Black
Oil on canvas
Signed, inscribed and dated Aug '59 to verso
63 x 76cm
"Terry talks about this in his Desert Island Discs programme 1998, but he is also quoted in the ‘Painting in the ’80’s’ leaflet for the University of Reading show, of the impact of the snow and winter moonlight in Yorkshire ....
Terry also said this was shown in the Waddington Galleries exhibition in 1961" Ron Howell
From the collection of Ron Howell.
"I was introduced to Terry by Allan Freer who had commissioned various things from him during his time with Manchester Education Committee - some of the works are illustrated in the Lewis book. After the initial meeting, we became good friends and I visited Terry and Kath three or four times a year in Newlyn. But we also met in Venice, where I worked regularly, and Terry has a show at the Multigrafia Gallery and the year before his death, they came to the Aldeburgh Festival. The etching ‘On the Edge’ was made for that visit. During that visit, Terry said that he had ,always wanted to design an opera, and I was able to help him fulfil that with the commission for Opera East’s production of Britten’s ‘Rape of Lucretia’. Unfortunately Terry was unable to see the production, and although I had it filmed, the editing only finished after his death.The etching ‘Blue Vertical’ came from this commission, and the ‘Spiral for Aldeburgh’ was used at his funeral, with one of his poems printed verso. In 2005, ‘Blue Drowning’ , based on Terry’s lost painting Drowning Blue, was performed by the Scottish Strings at the Aldeburgh Festival. This I commissioned from John Woolrich to celebrate the lives of Terry and Kath, and our friendship and collaborations.
Sold for £13,500
This important early oil is in good original condition, but it is not perfect, there is a very slight abrasion of the surface to the left of the left-hand blue paint stroke.
Otherwise, it might benefit from the lightest of cleans
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