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Nicholson’s interest in the ability of a work of art to create space led him to make reliefs and a small number of sculptures. This piece was made from a block of mahogany that Nicholson sawed, planed, sanded and painted white. The way it projects out into the space around it recalls the modernist architecture of the period. In a letter to his estranged wife Winifred, Nicholson wrote: ‘Cutting wood is easy & the free movement & quickness of the whole thing is refreshing after the tremendous & meticulous concentration of the new ptg’.

October 2012