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Ben Nicholson

Assisi, 1955

Pencil on artist's prepared card
14 3/5 × 18 9/10 in
37 × 48 cm
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Osborne Samuel
London
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Nicholson's work in Italy, although closely related to the central concerns of his art, is a …

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Nicholson's work in Italy, although closely related to the central concerns of his art, is a special category in his oeuvre, which demonstrates his appreciation of Italian architecture and landscape. He visited Italy in 1950 and this was his first trip to the country since the end of the Second World War. …

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Inscribed verso 'Assisi / Oct 8-55 / Ben Nicholson' Blind stamped 'REEVES BRISTOL BOARD' (upper right)
Ben Nicholson
British, 1894–1982
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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.

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Osborne Samuel
London
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Nicholson's work in Italy, although closely related to the central concerns of his art, is a …

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Nicholson's work in Italy, although closely related to the central concerns of his art, is a special category in his oeuvre, which demonstrates his appreciation of Italian architecture and landscape. He visited Italy in 1950 and this was his first trip to the country since the end of the Second World War. …

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Signature
Inscribed verso 'Assisi / Oct 8-55 / Ben Nicholson' Blind stamped 'REEVES BRISTOL BOARD' (upper right)
Ben Nicholson
British, 1894–1982
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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.

Ben Nicholson

Assisi, 1955

Pencil on artist's prepared card
14 3/5 × 18 9/10 in
37 × 48 cm
This is a unique work.
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location
London
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