Ben Nicholson OM
1935 (white relief) 1935

Artwork details

Ben Nicholson OM 1894–1982
1935 (white relief)
Date 1935
Medium Painted wood
Dimensions Object: 1016 x 1664 mm
frame: 1076 x 1717 x 85 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Contemporary Art Society 1955
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1930

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Ben Nicholson was, with his second wife Barbara Hepworth, a leading figure in the international modern movement in Britain. With artists in continental Europe and North America such as Mondrian, Moholy-Nagy and Calder they worked together to achieve and promote an art that was abstract, synthesised with architecture and design. In defiance of the increasingly antagonistic nationalism engulfing Europe, position was explicitly internationalist and utopian. The compositional quietude of Nicholson’s white reliefs provided an aesthetic model for a possible social harmony.

September 2016