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Photo: Elizabeth Mann



Ben N. Nicholson

British, 1894-1982

Nicholson was a leading member of the British avant-garde, developing a highly analytical and abstract approach to form. In this work, an ambiguous image is created that at times can appear figural, celestial, even vegetal. Such a loosening of the rules of interpretation were central to Modernist concerns and encourage the viewer to plumb their own imaginations for answers.
Pencil and crayon on paper
Sheet h.: 10 1/2 in.
Sheet w.: 8 1/8 in.
Gift of Sidney and Anne Gerber
Provenance: Bequest of Sidney Gerber and give of Mrs. Gerber to Seattle Art Museum, November 11, 1965
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, International Abstraction: Making Painting Real, May 2, 2003 - Feb. 29, 2004.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Abstract Visions, Aug. 6, 2021 - ongoing [on view begninning Jan. 26, 2022].

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