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(b Denham, Buckinghamshire, 10 Apr. 1894; d London, 6 Feb. 1982). British painter and maker of reliefs, one of his country's most distinguished pioneers of abstract art. From his father, Sir William Nicholson, he inherited a feeling for simple and fastidious still lifes, which with landscapes made up the bulk of his early work. In 1921, on a visit to Paris, he first saw Cubist paintings and in the following years his still lifes showed a personal response to the standard Cubist repertoire of objects such as jugs and glasses, which he arranged as flat shapes on the picture plane.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)