1957 (still life)
© Angela Verren Taunt 2013. All rights reserved, DACS
1957 (still life)
© Angela Verren Taunt 2013. All rights reserved, DACS

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1957 (still life) 1957
Little is known about this painting. It is thought to be unfinished, as it was left rolled up in Nicholson’s Swiss studio after he returned to live in England. However the work reveals something of the artist’s working processes. The ambiguous mass of pencil lines in the large shape to the left of the painting would likely have been developed into one of Nicholson’s characteristic still lifes with overlapping outlines. The two vertical shapes at the bottom of the painting may be table legs. Similar works of the late 1950s show still lifes arranged on tables - a Cubist-influenced composition to which the artist often returned.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Cubism

A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Composition, Cubism , Still life

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 4791
  • Medium Oil and pencil on canvas
  • Size 119.50 x 88.50 cm
  • Credit Presented by Felicitas Vogler 2006