Ben Nicholson

December 1962 (beaver blue)

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About this artwork

During the 1960s Nicholson returned to producing relief works in a similar vein to those he had made in the 1930s. Although abstract, Nicholson’s reliefs were often based on still lifes or architecture. This work, which is distinctly angular, calls to mind the domestic architecture of the Mediterranean. It is built up of carved board with washes of paint, much of which Nicholson has scraped off to give a worn effect. The small square of blue however, is deliberate in its application and suggests a fragment of clear sky visible between the buildings. Often Nicholson would add a subtitle to his works which bear no relationship with the actual piece.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Ben NicholsonEnglish (1894 - 1982)
  • title:
    December 1962 (beaver blue)
  • date created:
    December 1962
  • materials:
    Oil on carved board
  • measurements:
    40.00 x 36.00 cm; Framed: 42.50 x 38.50 x 7.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Felicitas Vogler 2007
  • accession number:
    GMA 4881
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson