Ben Nicholson OM1979 (blue) 1979

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Ben Nicholson OM (1894‑1982)
1979 (blue)
Date 1979
MediumOil paint and ink on paper
Dimensionssupport: 125 x 140 mm
Acquisition Presented by Leslie Waddington 2001
Not on display


This small abstract work painted in gouache on white wove paper dates from the end of Nicholson’s career. Compositionally it consists of a loosely geometric form, built up from four differently coloured and shaped blocks. Nicholson cropped the form to its edges and placed it centrally on the support, which creates a wide border. Black dominates but inset within the black area is an evenly proportioned parallelogram of bright blue. To the right are areas of red-brown and off-white. The work is mounted on textured, stone-coloured backing board and set within a box frame painted dark grey.

In 1974 Nicholson moved to Hampstead, having returned to England from Switzerland where he had lived during the years 1958–71. Aged in his eighties he continued to work on reliefs, which had dominated his output in the 1960s, and produced many drawings. From March 1978 until his death in 1982, Nicholson focused on producing a large number of works on paper of modest dimensions. These small works were undertaken using Pentel felt pens, pencil, ink, gouache and oil… (read more)

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