This image is a perfect example of Nicholson’s regular practice of combining a pale, grey background with contrasting, vibrant colours. The bright patches of red, yellow and blue become focus points. This use of colour is comparable to the grid- like abstracts of Mondrian, whom Nicholson greatly admired.
Feb 28-53 (vertical seconds),1953
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas. Purchased in 1955
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.