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Ben Nicholson's House, Goonhilly: Potted Plants, St Ives
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Ben Nicholson's House, Goonhilly: Potted Plants, St Ives About 1957 - 1958

Not on display

Ben Nicholson had been living and working in St Ives since 1939 but this photograph was taken by Vogler around the time she met Nicholson for the first time in 1957. That year Vogler visited London, primarily to organise a trip to India, but she also took the opportunity to research a programme for Bavarian radio about the Cornish landscape. After a friend suggested she visit St Ives she met Nicholson, and following a whirlwind romance, they married. This photograph shows the beginnings of the characteristics that would become typical features of Vogler’s photographic work – the unusual and abstract composition alongside muted tones of colour.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Abstract art, Composition


  • Acc. No. GMA 4916
  • Medium Colour photograph
  • Size 33.50 x 51.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Felicitas Vogler 2007