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This austere vertical painting with its stark black, white and grey palette relates closely to the white reliefs Nicholson had begun in 1934. The sparse composition and sharply delineated forms suggest clarity, stillness and surface – Nicholson's primary concerns at this time. Nicholson made several visits to Europe in 1935 during which he met Mondrian, Gabo, Kandinsky and Arp. The emergence at this time of his signature precision and clarity is contemporary with this increase in contact with major figures of the Modern movement.
oil on canvas on board
H 58.7 x W 28 cm
gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979
1. 'Ben Nicholson 1935'. 2. 'K. H. 29 / M. A. T. 1'. 3. 'Ben Nicholson / 1935'. 4. 'TOP /↑'. 5. exhibition label (details unknown). 6. gallery label for The Redfern Gallery, London. 7. exhibition label for Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums (Pier Gallery Collection 1978). 8. exhibition label for Kunsthalle Bern.