N05625 ST IVES, CORNWALL 1943–5
Inscr. ‘St Ives Ben Nicholson 1943–45’ on reverse.
Canvas board, 16×19 3/4 (40·5×50·5).
Purchased from the artist through the Lefevre Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1945.
Exh: Lefevre Gallery, October 1945 (61).
Repr: Horizon, XII, 1945, between pp.184 and 185; Read, I, 1948, pl.132.
A view of the harbour at St Ives, one of a series of paintings begun when the artist moved there at the outbreak of the 1939–45 War; cf. especially ‘St Ives 1943’ in the collection of A. J. McN. Reid (repr. Read, 1, 1948, pl.160). These were Nicholson's first landscapes since 1930 and are typical of his development away from the austere and monumental style of such works as ‘painting 1937’, T00050. The still life in the foreground was reworked in 1945.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II