Ben Nicholson

1957 (still life)

About this artwork

Little is known about this painting. It is thought to be unfinished, as it was left rolled up in Nicholson’s Swiss studio after he returned to live in England. However the work reveals something of the artist’s working processes. The ambiguous mass of pencil lines in the large shape to the left of the painting would likely have been developed into one of Nicholson’s characteristic still lifes with overlapping outlines. The two vertical shapes at the bottom of the painting may be table legs. Similar works of the late 1950s show still lifes arranged on tables - a Cubist-influenced composition to which the artist often returned.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Ben NicholsonEnglish (1894 - 1982)
  • title:
    1957 (still life)
  • date created:
    1957
  • materials:
    Oil and pencil on canvas
  • measurements:
    119.50 x 88.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Felicitas Vogler 2006
  • accession number:
    GMA 4791
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson