This is one of the first works Nicholson painted after returning to the subject of abstract still lifes in 1945. In this painting the combination of subtle shades and tones with more vivid white and scarlet is typical of the range of colours he favoured in the early post-war period. He has used contrasting colours to define the shapes of the densely-grouped objects on the table.
1945 (still life), 1945
Date of work
Oil paint and graphite on canvas. Purchased 1945
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.