Ben Nicholson

June 1961 (green goblet and blue square]

About this artwork

This is one of the first works Nicholson made after moving to Switzerland. The light and brightness of his works of this period is often associated with the magnificent natural setting of his new home. Nicholson wrote: "I hold the idea that paintings do not stop as paintings but their ideas project into actual life". With this in mind, he often mounted them onto boards of complementary colour, so that the edge of the picture would not be clear-cut. Texture was important to Nicholson and in this work the surface looks rough and worn, deliberately contrasting with the clear colours and simple lines.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Ben NicholsonEnglish (1894 - 1982)
  • title:
    June 1961 (green goblet and blue square]
  • date created:
    1961
  • materials:
    Oil and pencil on board
  • measurements:
    78.00 x 78.00 cm; Framed: 82.90 x 83.00 x 7.20 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1962
  • accession number:
    GMA 812
  • gallery:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson