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Creator:
Ben Nicholson, 1894–1982, British
Title:

1934 (still life)

Date:
1934
Medium:
Oil and pencil on canvas
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 11 1/4 x 15 inches (28.6 x 38.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
B2006.14.5
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abstract art | dots | still life
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:54276
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In 1924, Ben Nicholson became a member of the Seven and Five Society and gradually pulled the society into bolder, more experimental territory as his own work became more unequivocally abstract. In this painting from 1934, the two lively circles have a wild, kinetic presence. Nicholson had visited the Paris studio of the sculptor Alexander Calder a year earlier, and the forms of this still life echo the jaunty velocity of Calder’s mobiles.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)



In 1924 Nicholson became a member of the Seven & Five Society and gradually led the group into bolder, more experimental territory as his own work became more unequivocally abstract. In this painting of 1934 the two lively circles have a wild, kinetic presence. Nicholson had visited the Paris studio of the sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976) a year earlier, and the forms of this still life echo the jaunty velocity of Calder's mobiles.

Gallery label for Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11)

Out to Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2022-03-11 - 2022-03-28) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Christie's sale catalogue : Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture : 11 May 1973, Christie's, London, 11 May 1973, p. 40-41, lot 132, Auction Catalogues (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA) [YCBA]

Still life by Ben Nicholson, O.M., signed and dates 1934 on the reverse, 11in. by 15 in. [Ad], Apollo, vol. 97, April 1973, p. 17, N1 +A54 97:2 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]


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