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The muted colours and square grid composition of this relief emphasise stillness and surface. Through the tonal palette of oatmeal, grey, black and white, Nicholson creates spatial relationships that both emphasise and contradict the real space of the shallow relief. Increasingly during the late 1940s Nicholson's focus turned towards still life and landscape subjects, and this is one of relatively few reliefs made at that time.
oil on carved board
74 x 75.7 cm
gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979