Nicolas de Stael
Composition 1950 1950

Artwork details

Nicolas de Stael 1914–1955
Composition 1950
Date 1950
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 1248 x 794 mm
frame: 1420 x 967 x 90 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Not on display

Display caption

De Staël used the title Composition

for many paintings

of this period. It signalled not so much that the images were nonrepresentational but that they had been literally ‘composed’, using areas or blocks of carefully modulated colour. In this work, de Stäel's distinctive use of shades of grey creates a sense of light and space. Although there are no obvious allusions to recognisable figures or objects, the artist believed that his choice of colours and the shapes were based on his perception of reality.

March 2009

About this artwork