Winifred Nicholson Quarante Huit Quai d’Auteuil 1935

Artwork details

Artist
Winifred Nicholson 1893–1981
Title
Quarante Huit Quai d’Auteuil
Date 1935
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 676 x 1000 mm
frame: 720 x 1044 x 45 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1975
Reference
T01995

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The title of this work refers to Winifred Nicholson’s address in Paris, where she lived from 1932 to 1938, befriending artists such as Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi, Jean Arp and Jean Hélion. Nicholson painted her first abstract paintings in 1934, exhibiting them under the name Winifred Dacre. The paintings are expressions of colour and light, and she wrote in the periodical Circle that ‘the nature of abstract colour is utter purity – but colours wish to fly, to merge, to change each other by their juxtapositions, to radiate, to shine, to withdraw deep within themselves.’

October 2012

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