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January 1962 (white relief - Paros)
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January 1962 (white relief - Paros) 1962

Not on display

Ben Nicholson first visited the Greek island of Paros in 1959, and returned several times in the years that followed. The overlapping parts of this relief suggest the effect of dazzling sunlight reflecting off the whitewashed walls of buildings on the Greek island. For the artist, the whiteness and light of Paros reminded him of the early white reliefs he first created just over twenty years earlier. In this work, the colour is not used symbolically, as in Nicholson’s first white reliefs, but instead serves to evoke the essence of a place. The composition is less severe than the strictly horizontal and vertical lines and circles which dominated Nicholson’s early reliefs.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


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


The representation of subjects or ideas by use of a device or motif to create underlying meaning. A literary and artistic movement that originated in France and spread through much of Europe in the late 19th century. There was no consistent style but rather an appeal to the idea of the artist as mystic or visionary and the desire to express a world beyond superficial appearances.

Composition, Relief, Symbolism


  • Acc. No. GMA 813
  • Medium Oil on carved board
  • Size 62.60 x 64.00 cm (interior board: 44.20 x 44.20 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1962