Ben Nicholson


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Nicholson, Ben,

1894–1982, English painter; son of Sir William Nicholson. Nicholson's geometric abstractions of landscapes and still lifes are discreetly colored and lyrically expressed. In works such as Relief (1939; Mus. of Modern Art, New York City) Nicholson developed the purism of de StijlStijl, de
[Du.,=the style], Dutch nonfigurative art movement, also called neoplasticism. In 1917 a group of artists, architects, and poets was organized under the name de Stijl, and a journal of the same name was initiated.
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 with great elegance. His paintings are in many collections, including the museums of Minneapolis, Detroit, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. He was married to the painter Winifred Dacre and later to the sculptor Barbara HepworthHepworth, Dame Barbara,
1903–75, English sculptor. Hepworth's smooth, usually nonfigurative sculptures recall those of Jean Arp. Working in Cornwall, she consistently sought perfection of form and surface texture. She worked primarily in stone, in bronze.
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Bibliography

See his Drawings, Paintings and Reliefs, 1911–1968 (1969); study by C. Harrison (1969, repr. 1972).

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My students and I explored several relief sculptures, including the works of Roy Lichtenstein, Ben Nicholson, and a few student-created reliefs.
The collection featured a number of important works by the great artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, led by Ben Nicholson's March 55 (amethyst) which was painted in 1955, and whose pre-sale estimate of PS300,000-PS500,000 was eclipsed by its sale figure of PS1,022,500.
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The lots, which will go under the hammer at the historic auction house on February 24, 2016, represent the remarkable quality and breadth of their collection -- from bold abstracts by Ben Nicholson and Alan Reynolds and striking Mapplethorpe photographs to sophisticated 20th century furniture and lighting that complement the bold primary colours of Matisse's Jazz series and the playfulness of ceramics by Picasso.
In 1930 I saw the paintings of Ben Nicholson (whom I later married) and Frances Hodgkins for the first time.
Would that Lee Beard in his catalogue essay, 'Reflection on a relationship: Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, the early years' had tackled, not just the position of things in the Mall Studio, but also the personal, intellectual and psychological dynamics behind this creative partnership, for it seems like a perfect opportunity that has been let slip.
He went on to be influenced by sculptors Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Peter Randall-Page and artists like William Blake, Georges Braque, Ben Nicholson and John Piper.
From left, |Shaun Fayle, Stephen Ridgeway, Lucy Pameley, Jonathan Corrin, Ben Nicholson, Nicola Simmonds and Gemma Rushton in the Nativity at Lichfied pre-school in 1988
On show are loans from public and private collections from the UK and abroad including works held by Tate and mima of artists from across Europe and North America - from Georges Braque, Kurt Schwitters, Wassily Kandinsky through to Sam Francis, Sandra Blow, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis and Mark Rothko.
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Chief designer Christopher Bailey said he was inspired by the works of British artists, including Christopher Wood and Ben Nicholson.
COTTAGES on a Norfolk farm where the iconic British sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth and painters Ben Nicholson and Ivon Hitchens relaxed on holiday together in the 1930s are available to rent at a 20% discount until Christmas.