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St. Ives Cornwall, Composition

Date
1934
Material
Oil on canvas mounted on board
Depicts
Saint Ives, Cornwall, Northern Europe, England, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 211
Dimensions
21 1/2 x 25 5/8 in. (54.6 x 65.1 cm)
framed: 24 x 28 1/4 x 2 in. (61 x 71.8 x 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Joseph Pulitzer Jr.
Rights
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY / DACS, London
Object Number
118:1969
NOTES
Overlaid planes of bright color evoke the sea, sand, and brilliant light of the coast in Cornwall, England. This landscape was an important retreat for Ben Nicholson throughout his life. The same year in which Nicholson painted St. Ives Cornwall, Composition, he visited the studio of Piet Mondrian, where he was deeply affected by the older artist’s careful arrangement of strict, geometric forms. This work highlights the nature-inspired and lyrical elements which were distinctive to Nicholson’s abstract compositions.
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