Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is a triptych?

What is a triptych?

Artwork that's divided into three sections or panels hinged together that can be displayed open or folded shut. It is therefore, a polyptych, a term that refers to multiple artworks. Triptych's middle panel is the largest flanked by two panels that are relatively smaller although at times, some have equal panels.

Artwork by Francis Bacon
Op Art

A visual art style that makes use of optical illusions. The works of opt art are abstract and many of the known pieces are the black & white. They typically give a movement, vibrating patterns, flashing and hidden images impression to the viewer. Op art antecedents can be traced back with respect to color effects and graphics to Futurism, Constructivism, Dada and Neo impressionism.

Décollage

Décollage is the technique of removing, cutting, or tearing away sections of an original image. The French word means to take off, become unstuck or become unglued. Artists who use this technique may use art to symbolically replace values or tear thinking from media influence.

Wax

Wax is a solid material derived from plant, animal and petroleum sources. Wax can help paints to resist wear. It is used to make sculptures, wax crayons, colored pencils, and for encaustic painting; where colored beeswax shaped with special tools makes raised surfaces.

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