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Ben Nicholson (1894-1982), Artist; son of Sir William Nicholson

Sitter in 6 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Son of the painters William Nicholson and Mabel Pryde, Nicholson was educated at the Slade school (1910-11), and became the leading abstract artist of his generation. In 1924 he joined the '7 and 5' Society becoming its Chairman in 1926. With Paul Nash he founded 'Unit One' to exhibit and publish work, and created the first of his series of 'white reliefs'; geometric shapes in wood, subtly modulated to create an abstract still-life in pure white. This work showed the influences of both Piet Mondrain and Nicholson's second wife, the sculptor Barbara Hepworth. In 1939 Nicholson and Hepworth moved to Cornwall, where Nicholson painted landscapes and introduced colour to his abstract reliefs. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennial in 1954.

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5553

Ben Nicholson

by Mabel Pryde
oil on canvas, circa 1910-1914
NPG 5553

6379

William Nicholson; Ben Nicholson

by Unknown artist
ink and wash, circa 1916
NPG 6379

5591

1933 (St Remy - self-portrait with Barbara Hepworth)

by Ben Nicholson
oil on canvas, 1933
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5591

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Ben Nicholson

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1956
NPG x22452

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Ben Nicholson

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1956
NPG x22451