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Like 'St Rémy, Provence', this painting depicts the likeness of Barbara Hepworth, here reflected in the window of a modest hotel-restaurant. In the summer of 1932 Nicholson and Hepworth visited Braque in Dieppe. The use of words to emphasise the flatness of the picture surface was a device employed by Braque in works between 1910 and 1920, but the spareness of the composition and its lack of tangible objects was particular to Nicholson. The transparency of the forms is in stark contrast to the emphasis on the physical material of paint. Nicholson wrote that the 'roughness of [this painting] is a forerunner of the first relief' made at the end of 1933.

August 2004