Ben Nicholson OM

1932 (Le Quotidien)


Not on display

Ben Nicholson OM 1894–1982
Oil paint on board
Support: 375 × 457 mm
frame: 596 × 701 × 50 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1965

Catalogue entry

Ben Nicholson OM 1894-1982

T00743 1932 (Le Quotidien) 1932

Inscr. ‘Le Quotidie/10 Année - Samedi 6 Aout/Bloc – /La Bolivie revendique/A Ivry’ across the top and ‘Ben Nicholson 1932’ on back of board.
Oil on millboard, 14¾ x 18 (37.5 x 46).
Chantrey Purchase from Marlborough Fine Art 1965.
Coll: Purchased by F. L. S. Murray from the artist 1932; Marlborough Fine Art 1963.
Exh: Carvings by Barbara Hepwortli, Paintings by Ben Nicholson, Tooth’s, November–December 1932 (20); 7 and 5 Society, Leicester Galleries, February 1933 (42); Lefevre Gallery, May 1947 (37); Tate Gallery, June-July 1955 (not in catalogue); Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, February–April 1959 (15) and tour to Mannheim, Hamburg and Essen; Kunsthalle, Bern, May-July 1961 (20); Art in Britain 1930–40, Marlborough Fine Art, March–April 1965 (114, repr.); R. A., 1965 (23).
Repr: Herbert Read (introd.), Ben Nicholson, Paintings, Reliefs, Drawings, 1948, pl. 17 in colour as 1934; R.A. Illustrated, 1965, p. 45.

This picture was painted in Belsize Park, London. It is one of a small number of somewhat abstracted still-life compositions painted at this period which include French words taken from French newspaper headlines, shop signs, etc., such as ‘Auberge de la Sole Dieppoise” 1932 (repr. Read, op. cit., pl. 63) and the famous ‘Au Chat Botte’ 1932 in the Manchester City Art Gallery. Another entitled ‘Le Quotidien’, painted in 1933 but quite different in composition, was exhibited at Gimpel Fils in April 1963 (5, repr.).

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1965–1966, London 1967.

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