English abstract painter Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) was the son of noted artists Sir William Nicholson and Mabel Pryde. During his long career he produced works influenced by a variety of styles including, Post-Impressionism, Cubism and Neoplasticism. I love the way he combined "dirty-textured" earth tones with sections of "clean-flat" bright colors.
Still Life, 1947, oil on board, 23.5" x 25". Aberdeen Art Gallery
Still Life, 1945, oil on canvas, 27" x 27". Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Still Life- Odyssey 1, 1947, oil on canvas, 27" x 22". The British Council
Still Life, 1945, 33" x 26", oil on canvas. Tate Collection
Still Life- Cerulean, 1946, oil on canvas over board. Pallant House Gallery
Still Life, 1945, oil on board, 23" x 11.75". UMMA
Vertical Seconds, 1953, 29.75" x 16.5". Tate Collection
Still Life, 1945, 14" x 23.5", oil and pencil on canvas. Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert
Florentine Ballet, 1934, oil on canvas, 14" x 24". Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert
Still Life, 1934-36, oil and gesso on canvas, 16" x 20". Tate Collection
June 1937, 1937, 62.75" x 79.25". Tate Collection
Home and birth place of Ben Nicholson in Denham, Buckinghamshire, England. via
Five month old Ben and mother Mabel Pryde, 1894. Tate Gallery Archives
Ben Nicholson, c. 1935. Photo: Humphrey Spender. via
Ben Nicholson and his second wife, sculptor Barbara Hepworth. Getty
Ben Nicholson's Porthmeor studio, St Ives. via
Artist: Ben Nicholson (1894-1982)
Birth: Denham, Buckinghamshire, England on April 10, 1894
Death: London, England on February 9, 1982
Education: Slade School of Art
Style Influences: Cubism, Neoplasticism, Post-Impressionism
Points of Interest:
• His room at the Porthmeor Studios neighbored Sir Terry Frost's.
• He used to scrape the surface of his paintings with a razor blade.
• He sometimes used a kitchen table as his paint palette.
• He was a member and chairman of the artist group Seven & Five Society.
Go to- Tate Collection of Ben's work
Go to- Chronology of Ben's life and work
Go to- Great article about experiences with Ben at the Porthmeor Studios
Go to- Porthmeor Studios renovation
Go to- St Ives School of Painting at the Porthmeor Studios