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In the 1920s, Winifred and Ben Nicholson lived a simple, rural life at Bankshead in Cumberland. This work shows pots of flowers wrapped in white tissue paper and arranged on a white table, or butcher's block, in that house. The sunlit table and domestic plant pots take on the appearance of mystical objects on an altar and reflect the craving for a new spirituality and peace that followed the First World War. The sense of a higher reality beyond the mundane is further suggested by the dots of silver paint across the surface of the image.

July 2001