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Ben Nicholson, 1894–1982
1929 (still life)
1929, reworked 1935
Materials & Techniques:
Oil and pencil on canvas
26 1/2 x 32 1/2 inches (67.3 x 82.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abstract art | bottle | bowl | circular | Cubist | mug | plate | rectangle | still-life
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Ben Nicholson began this still life in 1929 but returned to it in 1935, by which time he had embraced a more rigorous geometric abstraction. He scraped down the canvas until all that remained were the outlines of the original forms. He then re-created the image, this time with no concern for actual appearances, turning it instead into a pared-down, abstracted version of its former self.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

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

Revisiting Traditions [BAC 20th century painting & sculpture] (Yale Center for British Art, 2002-04-30 - 2005-05-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

20th Century Paintings and Sculpture (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-01-27 - 2000-04-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) Paintings and Drawings (Anthony Ralph Gallery, 1988-05-03 - 1988-06-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, p. 16, no. 41, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ben Nicholson : Fifty years of his art, , Buffalo AKG Art Museum, Buffalo, NY, 1978, p. 69, no. 25, fig. 18, NJ18 N51 N37 [ORBIS]

Ben Nicholson, [Exhibition at] the Tate Gallery, 19 June-27 July, 1969 , London, 1969, pp. 32-33, no. 51, NJ18 N51 T37 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ben Nicholson, early works , Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 1968, [p. 12], no. 8, J18 N51 968C (LSF) [ORBIS]

Ben Nicholson: the Tate Gallery 19 June-27 July 1969, Arno Press, New York, 1969, p. 33, NJ18 N51 T37 (YCBA) [YCBA]

William Gaunt, Elegance in Abstraction, The Times (London), , Saturday, July 13, 1968, p. 19, Available Online : Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm : An T482 (SML) [ORBIS]

Dame Barbara Hepworth, A pictorial autobiography, Praeger, New York, NY, 1970, p. 20, NJ18 H44 A3 1970 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Josef Paul Hodin, The dilemma of being modern, essays on art and literature , Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1956, pp. 113-114, J12 H669 956 (SML) [ORBIS]

Jeremy Lewison, Ben Nicholson, Phaidon, London, 1991, p. 6, NJ18 N51 L47 1991 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Norbert Lynton, Ben Nicholson, Phaidon, London, 1993, p. 148, pl. 133, NJ18 N51 L95 1993 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paintings, reliefs, drawings. With an introd. by Herbert Read, , Lund Humphries, London, 1955, pl. 35, J18 N51 +948R OVERSIZE (LSF) [ORBIS]

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 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Andrew Carnduff Ritchie, Masters of British Painting, 1800-1950, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in collaboration with the City Art Museum of St. Louis and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco , New York, NY, 1956, pp. 119, 155, no. 65, ND467 N4 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, p. 16, no. 41, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Impressionist Modern and Contemporary Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture : 4 November 1982, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, New York, November 4, 1982, lot 59, Auction Catalogues (YCBA) [OCLC]

John Newenham Summerson, Ben Nicholson, Penguin Books, West Drayton, Middlesex, England, 1948, p. 10, pl. 7, NJ18 N51 S85 1948 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Warner, Great British paintings from American collections : Holbein to Hockney, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 16, fig. 19, ND464 W27 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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