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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.
oil on wood
29.5 x 46 cm
gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979
The Pier Arts Centre
Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney Islands KW16 3AA ScotlandView venue
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