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