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1940 (painted relief - plover's egg blue)
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1940 (painted relief - plover's egg blue) 1940

Not on display

Ben Nicholson and his family moved from London to St Ives in 1939, taking refuge from the threat of wartime bombing. This relocation to the Cornish countryside renewed his interest in landscape painting. For several years Nicholson’s reliefs had been predominantly white, but he now began to reintroduce colour. His reliefs show the influence of the colours, shapes, textures and light of Cornwall with their hints of grey, warm red and silvery blue. In this work, Nicholson has also carved into the surface of the board to create several different planes. The treatment of space by its division into planes was central to the artist’s work.

Glossary Open


A plane is a flat surface within a drawing, painting or sculpture.


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

Plane, Relief


  • Acc. No. GMA 931
  • Medium Oil on carved board
  • Size 47.50 x 48.00 cm (interior board: 30.50 x 32.00 cm; framed: 49.40 x 49.70 x 5.00 cm)
  • Credit Presented by Miss Helen Sutherland 1965