This week I created a set of paintings but I’m not quite sure what to call them. They are of our east field in the evening, showing the stretching shadows.
I started with one painting, the one on the far right, and that just lead to another and another and another. Four in all…so far. I’m actually working on a fifth one.
Since these are all painted from the same vantage point, it’s not quite a series which I consider to be more of the same subject but not necessarily from the same view. This set of paintings creates one broad vista, each overlapping by a quarter to a third. They don’t exactly match as far as horizon and it wasn’t my intention to do so. But I did want to convey the same feel. Although they work well together as a connected work of art, the individual paintings each stands alone as far as composition and technique.
My question is, what does one call four (soon to be five) paintings of the same larger subject but from the same vantage point? If a diptych is two paintings, and a triptych is three, what is four or five?
The best information I can find is a polyptych or maybe a tetraptych or soon to be a pentaptych. Doesn’t exactly fall off the tongue, does it?
What is your opinion?
“Whatever you eye falls on – for it will fall on what you love – will lead you to the questions of your life, the questions that are incumbent upon you to answer, because that is how the mind works in concert with the eye. The things of this world draw us where we need to go.”
― Mary Rose O’Reilley, The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd