May 1965 (white relief - Vasilios 2)
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May 1965 (white relief - Vasilios 2) May 1965
Compared to his crisp, clean, white reliefs of the 1930s, Nicholson’s later reliefs have contrasting textures and tilted shapes flowing in different directions. They were usually carved in hardboard, in very low relief with a razor blade. This one also displays the point of a compass which he used to engrave the circles into the surface. The Greek word ‘Vasilios’ means ‘of Royal blood’. Often Nicholson would add a subtitle to his works which bear no relationship with the actual piece but simply because he liked the word or name. This is almost certainly an example of this and relates to his travels to Greece in 1959 and 1961.

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Engraving

The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.

Relief

A form of sculpture where the image or design projects from a flat surface types of which include, bas-relief or low relief.

Engraving, Relief

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 4885
  • Medium Carved and painted board
  • Size (framed: 54.00 x 68.00 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Felicitas Vogler 2007