Catalogue entry

T00557 FEB. 1960 (ICE-OFF-BLUE) 1960

Inscr. on back, ‘Ben Nicholson Feb 1960 (off-ice-blue)’.
Oil on masonite, carved in relief, 48×72 (122×183).
Purchased from Gimpel Fils (Grant-in-Aid) 1962.
Coll: Gimpel Fils; André Emmerich Gallery, New York; Gimpel Fils.
Exh: Gimpel Fils, July 1960 (21, repr. in colour on cover); André Emmerich Gallery, New York, April–May 1961 (1, repr. in colour); International Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, October 1961–January 1962 (290, repr.).
Repr: Metro, No.1, December 1960, pp.32–3.

The change in the title was made by the artist (letter of 23 January 1963).

In this work a suggestion of overlapping planes is achieved by much subtler differentiations of depth than in the artist's earlier reliefs such as ‘white relief 1935’ (T00049); this is also helped by variations in colour and texture. The artist developed this new idea of the painted relief in the late 1950s.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II