Hedgerow Flowers in a Jug

Winifred Nicholson (1893 - 1981)

Oil on board

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  • About the work
    This image of wild flowers casually arranged in a jug is a recurrent subject in Winifred Nicholson's oeuvre. In her own words:
    I have tried to paint many things in many ways, but my paintbrush always gives a tremor of pleasure when I let it paint a flower.
    She believed that colour was the most important element of painting and that it could be found in its purest form in the petals of flowers. Applied on a uniquely-shaped wooden board rather than on canvas, the work – perhaps suitably for a still-life – has the feel of an object instead of a straightforward painting.
  • About the artist
    Winifred Nicholson was born in Oxford and studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. After travelling in Asia, she married the artist Ben Nicholson in 1920. They lived between Switzerland and London. From 1928 to 1935 both were members of the Seven and Five Society, along with Christopher Wood, Ivon Hitchens, John Piper, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. After separating in 1931, Winifred moved to Paris with their children where artists including Jean Hélion and Piet Mondrian encouraged her to develop her own style. From 1939 she lived in Cumbria but regularly travelled abroad. Her career was overshadowed by the achievements of her ex-husband, yet a major memorial show at the Tate in 1987 helped to redress this.
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    Materials & Techniques
    board, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Hedgerow Flowers in a Jug
    Oil on board
    height: 45.00 cm, width: 70.00 cm
    Purchased from the Fine Art Society, July 1978
    Sold through Sotheby's, New Bond Street, London, ‘Modern British Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture’ sale, on 7 July 1978 (Lot 77), as ‘Hedgerow Flowers in July’, for £280; from which sale purchased by the Fine Art Society, London; from whom purchased by the Department of the Environment in July 1978
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