Nicholson, Ben

Nicholson, Ben
   b. 1894, Denham, Buckinghamshire; d. 1982
   The son of the Victorian painter William Nicholson, Ben Nicholson was one of the best-known British painters of the twentieth century and a pioneer of abstract art. His early work concentrated on still lifes and landscapes, often in a cubist style. In the 1930s he spent much time in Paris, where he met Mondrian, under whose influence Nicholson began to specialize in painted reliefs. This uncompromising and ‘unBritish’ new work, such as the 1935 White Relief in the Tate, used only right angles and circles. Such arrangements put him in the vanguard of the British abstract movement, and he was a member of the influential artists’ group Unit One as well as an editor, with Leslie Martin, of the constructivist manifesto Circle. He later moved on to serene painted abstracts with solid blocks of colour. His first wife, Winifred Nicholson, was also a distinguished painter, and his second wife was the famous sculptor Barbara Hepworth, with whom Nicholson lived at St Ives in the 1940s and began the local art movement centred there.
   See also: Moore, Henry; painting; sculpture

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