Ben Nicholson

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Nicholson by Mabel Pryde.

Ben Nicholson OM (April 10, 1894February 6, 1982) was an English abstract painter. His father was the painter Sir William Nicholson and his sister was Nancy Nicholson.


  • The kind of painting which I find exciting is not necessarily representational or non-representational, but it is musical and architectural... Whether this visual relationship is slightly more or slightly less abstract is, for me, beside the point.
    • "Notes on Abstract Art" in Herbert Read's Ben Nicholson: Paintings, Reliefs, Drawings (London, 1948)

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