Ben Nicholson

1935 (white relief)

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About this artwork

Nicholson's first relief painting was made on a trip to Paris in 1933. While working on a painting, part of the thick white ground chipped off, leaving two distinct layers. He exploited this accident in a series of white reliefs made in the mid-to-late 1930s, and continued to produce reliefs throughout his career. Nicholson was influenced by the purity of the works of Mondrian, whose studio he had visited in 1933. His friendships with Barbara Hepworth (they were married in 1938) and Henry Moore may also have prompted this move into three-dimensional art.

  • title:
    1935 (white relief)
  • accession number:
    GMA 2149
  • artist:
    Ben NicholsonEnglish (1894 - 1982)
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • materials:
    Oil on carved board
  • date created:
    1935
  • measurements:
    54.00 x 64.30 cm (interior board 33.30 x 43.80 cm)
  • credit line:
    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Purchased 1980.
  • copyright:
    © Angela Verren Taunt. All rights reserved, DACS 2017.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson