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|Arthur Burdett Frost, Jr., a modernist painter, was the son of Arthur
B. Frost, the well-known illustrator, from whom he took his first art
lessons. In 1905, Frost studied in New York City in the studio of
William Merritt Chase and also studied with Robert Henri, the latter
whom he credited as being the more influential. |
In 1906, the
Frost family moved to Europe so that nineteen-year old Arthur Jr. could
benefit from available academic art education. He enrolled in the
Academie Julian in Paris and became friends with future well-known
abstract painter, Patrick Henry Bruce. They both were influenced by
modernist artists including Impressionists and Henri Matisse and his
revolutionary Fauvist style that emphasized bright coloration.
Bruce introduced Frost to Matisse, and Frost then took a class from him
as well as from Robert Delaunay, another non-traditional French
painter. Bruce and Frost became close friends of Delaunay and
worked together in his studio.
Frost became especially
interested in Synchromism, the colorful relationship-based style of
Morgan Russell and Stanton MacDonald-Wright. Along with these
artists and Patrick Henry Bruce, Frost became one of the first American
artists to focus on the relation between color theory and abstract art.
returning to New York in 1915, Frost continued with his color
abstractions and used Bruce's method of working from photographs and
black and white drawings. He was especially influential on James
Daugherty and Jay Van Everen, noted colorist painters.
some works from the New York years survive, only one painting from his
Paris color-painting period is known to survive. "It is believed
that Frost's father destroyed much of his son's work in distress over
the young man's death, which occurred due to illness just days before
his thirtieth birthday" (Falk).
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Matthew Baigell, Dictionary of American Art
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