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NICHOLSON, BEN

Black and red on white

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Pochoir, signed on reverse

23 x 30 cm (approx. 11.8 x 9.1 inches)

British Abstract Painter

Ben Nicholson, born 1894 in England . He died at 87 in 1982.  He was the son of Sir William Nicholson and Mabel Pryde.  He trained as an artist in London at the Slade School  of Fine Art.  In 1920 he married  the painter Winifred Nicholson and lived in London.  After  Nicholson's first exhibition of figurative works in London in 1922, his work began to be influenced by Synthetic Cubism, and later by the style of Rousseau. 1933 he divorced Winifred.  In London, he met the sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. 1938 he married Barbara and his work began to take a abstract direction. In 1943 he joined the St Ives Society of Artists. A retrospective exhibition of his work was shown at the Tate Gallery in London in 1955.  His last home was in Hampstead.  Some of his work can be seen at the Tate Gallery, St Ives, Kettles Yard Art Gallery in Cambridge and the Hepworth Wakefield.