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1935 (white relief)
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1935 (white relief) 1935

On Display Modern One

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.

Glossary Open


A form of sculpture where the image or design projects from a flat surface types of which include, bas-relief or low relief.



  • Acc. No. GMA 2149
  • Medium Oil on carved board
  • Size 54.00 x 64.30 cm (interior board 33.30 x 43.80 cm)
  • Credit Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Purchased 1980.