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1945 (painting)
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1945 (painting) 1945

Not on display

Ben Nicholson’s second wife was the artist Barbara Hepworth and the two were based in St Ives, Cornwall, from 1939 to 1957. Throughout the war, a shortage of materials and lack of studio space meant that Nicholson concentrated on smaller works and drawings such as this oil and pencil work. In 1945 he wrote to a friend, commenting on his new style: “I have been on to some quite new work – rather complex off-the rectangle compositions and pungent colour”. This work also displays formal similarities, in the rectangular and circular motifs, to the reliefs both he and Hepworth had been making since the 1930s.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


A distinctive element in a work of art or design.


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

Composition, Motif, Relief


  • Acc. No. GMA 4877
  • Medium Oil and pencil on board
  • Size
  • Credit Bequeathed by Felicitas Vogler 2007