Ben Nicholson From The Studio


Throughout his career, Ben Nicholson (1894 – 1982) transformed everyday homewares into extraordinary experiments in abstract art.

Nicholson’s studio was filled with objects that inspired him. From patterned mocha-ware jugs and cut glass goblets to spanners, hammers and chisels, these ordinary personal possessions were a source of almost endless inspiration to the artist. Still life was at the heart of Nicholson’s artistic practice. Through these humble items, he began to experiment with form and colour. His early works in particular owed inspiration to his father, the painter William Nicholson.

Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name at Pallant House Gallery in 2021, Ben Nicholson: From The Studio brings together for the first time Nicholson’s paintings, reliefs, prints and drawings alongside his rarely seen personal possessions and studio tools. It traces how the artist’s style developed, from his early traditional tabletop still lifes to his later abstract works, as well as exploring his time with Winifred Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, and his encounters with other Modernist greats, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian.

Authors: Dr Lee Beard, Edmund de Waal & Prof Louise Campbell, Simon Martin

Pages 136
ISBN: 9781869827779
Dimensions: 19.05 x 1.91 x 24.13cm


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