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    Sale 7637

    20th Century British Art

    12 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 31

    Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981)

    Flowers in a Jam Jar

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981)
    Flowers in a Jam Jar
    oil on canvas
    19 x 14 in. (48.2 x 35.5 cm.)
    Painted circa 1928.


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    In Flowers in a Jam Jar Winifred Nicholson's use of yellow ochre, soft green and magenta pink provide accents of pure colour against the tonal background of this still life, creating a harmonious composition. A similar use of colour can be seen in the work of Winifred's husband, Ben Nicholson, during the 1920s. In Cortivallo, Lugano, 1921-3 (Tate, London), Ben Nicholson's use of bright red paint to highlight a small house in the predominantly white landscape confirms this. It was also in the late 1920s that Winifred and Ben met Christopher Wood, whose influence can be felt in the present work.

    J.N.

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    Provenance

    A gift from the artist in 1929 as a wedding present to her first cousin Theodora Llewelyn Davies, on her marriage to Roy Calvert, and by descent.
    with Redfern Gallery, London, where purchased by the present owner, 20 June 1992.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Naomi Weaver


    Exhibited

    London, Crane Kalman Gallery, Two Lyrical Painters Winifred Nicholson and Mary Newcomb, June 2001, ex-catalogue.