Ben Nicholson OM

1974 (Lucignano)


Not on display

Ben Nicholson OM 1894–1982
Graphite and oil on paper on hardboard
Support: 762 × 613 mm
Presented by the artist 1976

Catalogue entry

T02015 LUCIGNANO 1974

Inscribed ‘Nicholson. Lucignano’ on back towards top at centre
Pencil and oil wash on painted paper mounted on textured hardboard
30×24 1/2 (61.2×76.2)
Presented by the Artist, 1976
Exh: Ben Nicholson at the Tate Gallery: Tate Gallery 1974 (2); Ben Nicholson Galerie Andre Emmerich, Zurich 1975 (40)
Lit: Catalogue of exhibition Galerie Beyeler, Basel 1973
Repr: On cover of catalogue for Ben Nicholson at the Tate Gallery, 1974

Lucignano is a small village in Tuscany. It lies fifteen miles south, south-west of Arezzo. Nicholson made two other drawings in 1974 of towns in Tuscany-‘Certaldo’ and ‘Siena’. All three places are a short distance from each other. Speaking of these line drawings and others like them Nicholson said ‘It's not the drawing that is difficult but finding and recognising the mood. When in this right mood one knows well that something will come’ (Preface to catalogue Ben Nicholson Galerie Beyeler, Basel.)

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1974-6: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1978

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