Ben Nicholson

1937 (painting)

About this artwork

Nicholson visited Piet Mondrian’s studio in Paris in 1934 and was deeply impressed by the purity and geometry of the Dutch artist’s work. Although apparently abstract, many of Nicholson’s paintings of this period derive from still-life motifs on table-tops. This was a favourite motif of Picasso and Braque, whose work was profoundly understood and loved by Nicholson. In ‘Painting 1937’, the table legs are evident in the composition while the vertical black form is probably a bottle.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    1937 (painting)
  • date created:
    Dated 1937
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    50.60 x 63.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1979
  • accession number:
    GMA 2100
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson

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