Medium
Signature
Hand signed
Series
9/50
Publisher
Lafranca

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.

High auction record
£3.7m, Christie's, 2016
Collected by a major museum
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Prints I wish I had publishedBernard Jacobson Gallery
2013
Ben Nicholson: Lyric and Line. Late EtchingsBernard Jacobson Gallery
2012
Ben Nicholson: Paintings, Reliefs and DrawingsBernard Jacobson Gallery
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Long Horizontal Patmos, 1967

Etching
5 1/2 × 13 2/5 in
14 × 34 cm
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Medium
Signature
Hand signed
Series
9/50
Publisher
Lafranca

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.

High auction record
£3.7m, Christie's, 2016
Collected by a major museum
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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Other works from Galerie Céline Moine & LGFA
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