Ben Nicholson, ‘1978 June (group in movement)’, June 1978, Phillips

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From the Catalogue:
1978 June (group in movement) is a powerful and surprising example. It is of a medium size for the series and combines black ink with Indian red on white paper. Little of the white remains visible. There is solid black as well as a blackish wash and a small area of slighter, lighter red on the left. The objects are bunched together, two or three of them. They are distorted in a new way, stretched sideways on a left-to-right rising path, and held in an elliptical shape which is made of the black and the two reds and appears to carry the objects in that direction. The darker red could belong to the first object. The dramatic black form, an unmitigated curve not seen in [Ben Nicholson] before, is not identified with anything though black areas in the cup on the right make it seem that the black is invading it. A short horizontal line emphasises the feeling that the group is rising; one wavy line near the top provides a mountainous landscape background. (Norbert Lynton, Ben Nicholson, London, 1993, no. 406, p. 411).
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Signature: signed, titled and dated 'Nicholson "(group in movement) June '78"' on the reverse of the sheet; further signed, titled and dated 'Nicholson "(group in movement) June '78"' on the reverse of the backboard

London, Waddington Galleries, Ben Nicholson: recent works, 1 - 26 July 1980, no. 16, n.p. (illustrated)

Norbert Lynton, Ben Nicholson, London, 1993, no. 406, pp. 410-412 (illustrated)
Norbert Lynton, Ben Nicholson, London, 1998, no. 171, pp. 220-221 (illustrated)

Private Collection, Switzerland
Thence by descent to the present owner

About Ben Nicholson

A pioneer of abstract art in England, Ben Nicholson’s dedication to Modernism was profound. Though he began painting traditional still lifes and landscapes in England, an early-career visit to Paris and introduction to Cubism drastically altered the course of his career. Nicholson's exposure to Pablo Picasso’s work inspired him to incorporate abstract elements into his compositions, and soon to abandon representational art altogether. His later friendships with Georges Braque and Piet Mondrian taught Nicholson to paint with geometric lines (which he soon translated into relief carving.) At the rise of WWII, Nicholson moved to Cromwell, England, where he established the St. Ives School for the abstract movement. Shortly after and along with Russian sculptor Naum Gabo, Nicholson published a Constructivist manifesto, after which he was praised for bringing the movement to London.

British, 1894-1982