Ben Nicholson (1894 - 1982)
Oil on canvas
Width: 95 cm ( frame ); Depth: 6 cm ( frame ); Height: 83.5 cm ( frame ); Height: 79.5 cm ( canvas ); Width: 91.5 cm ( canvas );
Hunter, Mark Ian Alastair (Doctor); bequest; 1984
About this work
At this time Nicholson was at the centre of an avant-garde group in London. It included his future wife, Barbara Hepworth, and, for a time, Piet Mondrian, who inspired Nicholson’s exploration of abstraction. Here, the coloured blocks are arranged around a vibrant red square in the centre. The different intensities of the colours create a play of visual effects and a shifting sense of depth. The yellow square has faded over time and was originally a bright acidic colour.
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