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1931–1936 (still life – Greek landscape)

© Angela Verren Taunt. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: British Council Collection

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In the course of the twenties, Nicholson's understanding of Cubism developed, and took a different direction from that of Braque or Picasso in France. This painting is one of a series of still lifes which Nicholson re-worked in 1936. The canvas was scraped down and the individual objects were set in a more sculptural space. Colour is controlled and subdued, and there is evidence of his characteristic lyricism. At this time Nicholson began making his pure white carved reliefs. With these abstractions he created an uncompromising, formal language that he continued to use for the rest of his life.

British Council Collection



1931–1936 (still life – Greek landscape)




oil & pencil on canvas


H 68.5 x W 77.5 cm

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purchased from Alex Reid & Lefevre, 1948

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British Council Collection

British Council, 1 Redman Place, London, Greater London E20 1JQ England

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