Sir William Nicholson

The Lustre Bowl with Green Peas

About this artwork

Nicholson was exceptionally good at rendering the specific qualities of materials. Lead, pewter, tin and glazed ceramic vessels feature prominently in his many still-lifes and are given their own particular lustre. The skilful depiction of light on the bowl in this painting can be compared to the work of the Spanish artist Velázquez, whom Nicholson greatly admired. Nicholson reduced the still life motif to its basic ingredients. This tendency had a strong influence on his son Ben Nicholson, the abstract artist.

  • title:
    The Lustre Bowl with Green Peas
  • accession number:
    GMA 4103
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1911
  • measurements:
    55.00 x 60.00 cm (framed: 81.80 x 87.00 x 7.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Sir Alexander Maitland with life interest to Colonel Peter Dunphie. Presented by Colonel Dunphie 1997
  • copyright:
    © Desmond Banks
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Sir William Nicholson

Sir William Nicholson