During the 1920s Nicholson and his first wife Winifred lived in a house in Cumberland. They both painted with the intention of escaping the academic style of art. Painting mostly landscapes, they developed a naïve style that can be seen in this piece, with the thick brush strokes and limited use of colour.
1928 (foothills, Cumberland), 1928
Date of work
Ben Nicholson was the son of two artists, his earliest paintings were still lifes influenced by his father’s paintings. He lived in France, Italy and the USA before marrying his second wife Barbara Hepworth in 1938. From 1939 to 1958 he lived and worked in Cornwall.
Nicholson is best known for his abstract works that he created following the end of both World Wars.