Ben Nicholson

May 1958 (Ronco 2 circles)

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About this artwork

The 1950s saw Nicholson produce numerous paintings based on still lifes, but towards the end of the decade he returned to making reliefs. In 1958 Nicholson and his third wife Felicitas Vogler left St Ives and moved to the village of Ronco, Switzerland. Like many of his reliefs of this time, although abstract, they are informed by both still lifes and landscapes, often in ambivalent ways. Here, the formal composition can be seen as resembling a table-top viewed from above. Yet the colour scheme with its earthy grey and ocean blue, alongside the acknowledgement of a place in the title, call to mind the outdoors. There are also similarities to the work of the constructivists whom Nicholson knew, in the balancing of the circles and rectangular elements along a vertical axis.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Ben NicholsonEnglish (1894 - 1982)
  • title:
    May 1958 (Ronco 2 circles)
  • date created:
    May 1958
  • materials:
    Pencil and oil on carved board
  • measurements:
    Framed: 33.30 x 40.20 x 4.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Felicitas Vogler 2007
  • accession number:
    GMA 4878
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson