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Nicholson returned to painting Cubist-inspired still lifes in the 1940s. In this work the flattened planar representation of the table-top objects contrasts with the textural ground on which they are depicted. This creates a complex spatial structure within the image. Pared-back underpainting against flat areas of colour became a distinguishing feature of Nicholson's work. This developed out of his practice of reworking earlier paintings.
oil & pencil on canvas
56 x 69 cm
gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979