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

Display caption

Nicholson said: ‘I judge paintings by the quality of light given off ... In my own work, it is my only way of judging its achievement or progress.’ For Nicholson, this light revealed ‘the reality underlying appearances’. Here his use of light on monochrome surfaces, together with the clean, sharply-defined lines and the interplay of depth and surface areas, declare his engagement with the international abstract movement. For Nicholson, the compositional harmony of this relief provided an aesthetic model for a possible social harmony.

February 2010