Winifred Nicholson Window-Sill, Lugano 1923

Artwork details

Artist
Winifred Nicholson 1893–1981
Title
Window-Sill, Lugano
Date 1923
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 286 x 508 mm
frame: 345 x 584 x 55 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1940
Reference
N05126

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Though the painting of flowers has been stereotyped as the preserve of women artists, Nicholson uses it here not as an expression of femininity, but as a pretext for experiments in technique. Like many progressive artists at this time she adopts a naïve or ‘primitive’ style in an attempt to unlearn traditional picture-making habits and generate a fresh vision of the subject. Nicholson innovatively combines the two genres of still life and landscape, aiming at personal expression through her use of space, shapes and colour

February 2010

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