Ben Nicholson OM
Feb 1960 (ice-off-blue) 1960

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Ben Nicholson OM 1894–1982
Feb 1960 (ice-off-blue)
Date 1960
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Object: 1219 x 1829 mm
frame: 1288 x 1899 x 85 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1962
Not on display

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In this work Nicholson suggests depth and overlapping planes in a more complex way than in his pre-war abstract reliefs, carving into the hardboard and working colour into the surface during the carving process, to give a subtle differentiation of tone and texture. In 1958 Nicholson moved from Cornwall to the Ticino in Switzerland and his work expanded in scale and showed a greater freedom of colour and texture, perhaps in response to the grandeur of the landscape which he described as 'entirely magical with the kind of visual poetry I would like to find in my paintings.'

August 2004

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