Ben Nicholson OM 1945 (still life) 1945

Artwork details

Artist
Ben Nicholson OM 1894–1982
Title
1945 (still life)
Date 1945
Medium Oil paint and graphite on canvas
Dimensions Support: 838 x 660 mm
frame: 867 x 690 x 61 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1945
Reference
N05626
Not on display

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In 1945 Nicholson returned to the subject of table-top still lifes, producing a series of works in which the foreground objects and background are compressed. In this picture the combination of subtle shades and tones with more vivid white and scarlet, is typical of the range of colours he favoured in the early post-war period. The colour contrasts are used to help define the individual shapes of the densely-grouped still life objects, within the overall very abstract composition.

August 2004

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