In the early 1930s Nicholson made frequent trips to Paris with Barbara Hepworth, and was heavily influenced by the artists he met there. Along with Hepworth, László Moholy- Nagy and Piet Mondrian, he joined the group Abstraction- Création. This abstract geometric print shows the influence of Mondrian in particular in its simplified geometry and pure abstraction.
One of the leading figures in British twentieth century modernism, Ben Nicholson was a pioneer of abstract art and a key figure of the St Ives School. Born in 1894, he married Winifred Nicholson in 1920 and travelled widely throughout Europe. His work was influenced by pivotal movements in European art such as post-impressionism, cubism and constructivism, though he forged his own distinctly personal response to these genres. By the 1930s his work was almost entirely abstract, and in 1933 he created his first abstract reliefs – three dimensional painted compositions, possibly influenced by his second marriage to the sculptor Barbara Hepworth.