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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