1921 - circa 1923 (Cortivallo Lugano) by Ben Nicholson

Influenced by the work of his father, Sir William Nicholson, the artist's roots lie also in the paintings of the Italian Primitives and the great, early modern masters including Cezanne, Picasso and Braque.


Oil and pencil on canvas
43 x 60 cm
Art Fund grant:
£30,000 ( Total: £132,400)
Acquired in:
David Nicholson

In this work he appears to reject his Edwardian heritage in favour of both of these earlier and more contemporary influences. The extraordinary freshness of this painting derives from the power of these influences on his way of seeing, in combination with his response to the beauty of the Swiss landscape. The picture is prophetic of the artist's mature work in its acute sense of space, interval and light; in its perfectly judged use of colour and in its concern with the physicality of the painted surface.


Winifred Nicholson; David Nicholson.

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