Winifred Nicholson Moonlight and Lamplight 1937

Artwork details

Artist
Winifred Nicholson 1893–1981
Title
Moonlight and Lamplight
Date 1937
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 762 x 889 mm
frame: 831 x 960 x 89 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1975
Reference
T01996

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Having embraced abstraction, Nicholson contended that ‘material resemblances were of no account - and that art could be valid without resemblances to physical objects’.

Writing the year Moonlight and Lamplight was painted, Nicholson stated that she was ‘using colour to express colour - the form could take whatever form the colour wanted’. She was ‘never interested in form, or shape or volume or mass to express colour,’ but ‘studied the way the rainbow prisms break up white light into colour and ... the balance and pose of the weight of one colour against another’.

April 2012

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