Ben Nicholson | Painting (1938}

Ben Nicholson | Painting (1938}

Ben Nicholson | Painting (1938}

Abstract Art, Cubism, St Ives School
Painting 1938 He is regarded as the leader of the abstract movement in Britain as he abandoned his ‘realistic’ treatments of the material world to focus upon the transcendental relationships between forms. From the 1920s he restricted himself to using only circles, squares and rectangles and simplified his palette, briefly eliminating colour altogheter. 1938 heraldsNicholson’s return to colour and was painted while Nicholson and his wife the sculptor Barbara Hepworth were sheltering the painter, Piet Mondrian. Infrared photography reveals a more prominent yellow grid underneath the present composition, anticipating the iconic yellow lattices of Mondrian’s later New York canvases. oil on canvas

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