Ben Nicholson

1957 (Boscastle)

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About this artwork

This drawing shows the harbour at Boscastle in Cornwall. The artist visited the town with his new wife, Felicitas Vogler, in the winter of 1957 during a tour of Cornwall. However, the Cornish landscape had been a great influence on Nicholson since he moved there from London in 1939. Nicholson’s drawings are characterised by a simple but powerful use of line. From the late 1940s he adopted the practice of preparing a number of sheets of paper with a colour wash before selecting the most appropriate piece for each drawing. This work was made on top of an oil wash, which acted as a stimulus for the drawing.

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  • artist:
    Ben NicholsonEnglish (1894 - 1982)
  • title:
    1957 (Boscastle)
  • date created:
    1957
  • materials:
    Oil wash and pencil on paper
  • measurements:
    27.50 x 42.70 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Felicitas Vogler 2005
  • accession number:
    GMA 4773
  • gallery:
  • subject:
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Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson