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
Woodblock printing

Woodblock printing is a technique which uses a carved wooden surface to make an image on materials such as paper and cloth. Ink or paint is spread thinly over the carved surface. The wood surface is pressed against the material, which transfers the image.

Transavanguardia

Italian version for Neo Expressionism that refers to an art movement that moved across Italy and some other parts of Western Europe between 1970s and 1980s. It simply means beyond avant-garde. The art movement came as a response to conceptual art's explosion that got many expression mediums by reintroducing emotion and reviving painting. Transvanguardia marked a turning point back to mythic imagery and figurative art which at the time, was rediscovered.

Charcoal

Charcoal is sticks of charred wood used to make initial studies and finished drawings. It is easily smudged and erased. It requires resin or gum to make it stick to surfaces permanently, and is ideal for sketching first ideas on walls or canvas.

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