Winifred Nicholson

Sandpipers, Alnmouth

1933

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Winifred Nicholson 1893–1981
Medium
Oil paint and sand on plywood
Dimensions
Support: 635 x 762 mm
frame: 665 x 792 x 47 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1988
Reference
T05484

Display caption

Throughout her life, most of Nicholson’s work depicted either flowers or landscape. This painting was made during a holiday on the Northumberland coast. It is typical in its reduction of the scene to a few simple areas of colour. Despite this abstraction it is still very evocative, not least because of her application of real sand to the paint denoting the beach. Nicholson’s paintings have an air of freshness and of the back-to-basics attitude upon which she based her lifestyle.

Gallery label, September 2016