Ben Nicholson OMNov 78 (strange landscape) 1978

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Artist
Ben Nicholson OM (1894‑1982)
Title
Nov 78 (strange landscape)
Date 1978
MediumGouache on paper on board
Dimensionssupport: 143 x 165 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1979
Reference
T02342
Not on display

Catalogue entry

[from] MULCHELNEY [T02337-T02342]

6 reliefs (details as below), enclosed in glass-fronted case, 43 × 48 5/8 × 8 3/4 (109.2 × 123.3 × 22.2)

T02342 STRANGE LANDSCAPE NOV 78 1978

Inscribed on reverse ‘strange landscape/Nicholson/(probably) Nov 78’
Bodycolour on paper mounted on millboard, 5 5/8 × 6 1/2 (14.2 × 16.5)
Presented by the artist 1979
Lit: Charles Harrison, in catalogue of Ben Nicholson, Tate Gallery, June–July 1969, p.116 for a general discussion of the reliefs

The artist presented this group of reliefs and paintings [T02337-T02342] to the Gallery to mark the opening of the new extension.

The gallery made a display case to the artist's specifications, within which he positioned each work exactly. Having done so he considered the group as a whole, in this arrangement, to constitute a serendipity and gave it the title ‘Mulchelney’ (Mulchelney, a village in Somerset, contains the remains of a medieval abbey). Nicholson wrote to the compiler in April 1981 that ‘The “place” virtually does not exist but the POETIC idea does exist mentally… (read more)

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