Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

1929 (fireworks)

© Angela Verren Taunt. All rights reserved, DACS 2019. Photo credit: The Pier Arts Centre

How you can use this image

© All rights reserved

All images on Art UK are protected by copyright and image permissions vary across the Art UK website. Please check individual artwork pages for information about permitted use.

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised.

Some images on Art UK are available to purchase as prints and may be available to license for commercial purposes through the Art UK Shop.

For all other types of use please contact the owning collection. Their website may have more information about permitted uses and licensing.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

This still life is one of a small group of firework paintings Nicholson painted in November 1929. The five fireworks are rendered using flat areas of unmodulated colour set against the heavily abraded white ground of the wood panel. The composition is spatially ambiguous. Roughly incised lines around two of the fireworks suggest shadows and shallow pictorial space, but this is contradicted by three of the forms, which penetrate the work's painted black border complicating the recessional scheme constructed in the rest of the painting.

The Pier Arts Centre





oil on wood


H 29.5 x W 46 cm

Accession number

PAC 38

Acquisition method

gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979

Work type


Inscription description

1. 'Ben Nicholson 1929 / 15 St Leonards Terrace / Chelsea'. 2. gallery label for The Redfern Gallery, London. 3. exhibition label for Tate (Pier Gallery Collection 20th Sept-29th Oct 1978). 4. exhibition label for Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums (Pier Gallery Collection 1978). 5. exhibition label for Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Out of Place: Works from the Pier Arts Centre collection). 6. exhibition label (artist name and title). 7. 'R.S' (within a circle).


This artwork does not have any tags yet. You can help by tagging artworks on Tagger.

The Pier Arts Centre

Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney Islands KW16 3AA Scotland

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue