Ben Nicholson: Writings and Ideas

ISBN: 9781848222410
Artist(s): Ben Nicholson
Author(s): Lee Beard (Editor)
Format: hardback
Year published: 2019
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 160
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour and B&W throughout


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Throughout his life, Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) was a prolific and creative writer. Correspondent to many, his unpublished letters, selected and extracted here for the first time (along with published writings), reveal fascinating insight into significant events and encounters at various stages of the artist’s career, while also demonstrating how Nicholson’s aesthetic was interwoven into every aspect of his daily life. Including previously unpublished correspondence to both Winifred Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, these letters are complemented by those sent to some of the artist’s closest friends and trusted supporters, among them Herbert Read, Adrian Stokes, Jim Ede and Margaret Gardiner.

Throughout, Nicholson’s lively intellect and total commitment to art are clearly evident, as is his association and friendship with some of the key figures of international Modernism, including Mondrian, Henry Moore, and Picasso. Featuring reproductions of key works and selected letters, Ben Nicholson: Writings and Ideas is an invaluable resource to all those interested in the work of this key British artist and the period in which he worked.


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