- Winifred Nicholson 1893–1981
- Oil paint and sand on plywood
- Support: 635 x 762 mm
frame: 665 x 792 x 47 mm
- Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1988
Throughout her life, most of Nicholson’s work depicted either flowers or 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 upon which she based her lifestyle.
Gallery label, September 2016