Winifred Nicholson
Sandpipers, Alnmouth 1933

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Winifred Nicholson 1893–1981
Sandpipers, Alnmouth
Date 1933
Medium Oil paint and sand on plywood
Dimensions Support: 635 x 762 mm
frame: 665 x 792 x 47 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1988
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1930

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Most of Nicholson’s work, throughout her life, was either of flowers or of 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 on which she based her whole lifestyle.

July 2007

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