Ben Nicholson OM
1933 (guitar) 1933

Artwork details

Ben Nicholson OM 1894–1982
1933 (guitar)
Date 1933
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 832 x 197 mm
frame: 920 x 275 x 47 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1940
On loan to Arp Museum (Remagen, Germany)

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By using an oddly shaped piece of wooden board rather than canvas, Nicholson created a work that lies somewhere between sculpture and painting. The effect is heightened by the texture of the surface, which was prepared with a layer of special plaster that the artist cut into while it was still wet. Though now framed, Nicholson preferred to leave the work unprotected. Photographs show that instead of hanging it on a wall like a conventional painting, he kept his 'scratched surrealist guitar' propped on a mantelpiece in his studio.

August 2004