1962 (blue Paros)
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1962 (blue Paros) 1962
During the 1960s Nicholson returned to producing relief works in a similar vein to those he had made in the 1930s. This work comprises carved board with a painted surface and graphite lines. Nicholson has, however, scraped off much of the warm white paint, to create a worn, textured surface. The composition includes an exact circle, which offers a stillness against the surrounding, irregular shaped forms. Although distinctly abstract, at this time Nicholson’s reliefs were often inspired by the landscape. The title refers to a visit Nicholson made to Paros in Greece in autumn 1961. With this in mind the two blocks of blue colour call to mind a clear, Mediterranean sky.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Graphite

A form of carbon used in drawing materials, most commonly in lead pencils.

Relief

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

Abstract art, Composition, Graphite, Relief

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 4882
  • Medium Oil and pencil on carved board
  • Size (framed: 31.00 x 37.00 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Felicitas Vogler 2007