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Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981)
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Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981)

The King's Road

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Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981)
The King's Road
signed and inscribed 'The King's Road Winifred Nicholson' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in. (41 x 50.8 cm.)
Painted in 1925.
Provenance
Purchased directly from the artist by Mrs. B. Woods, from whom purchased by the present owner.
Literature
J. Blackwood, exhibition catalogue, Winifred Nicholson, Cambridge, Kettle's Yard, 2001, pp. 22, 80, exhibition not numbered, illustrated.
C. Andreae, Winifred Nicholson, Farnham, 2009, p. 61, no. 52, illustrated, as 'King's Road, Chelsea'.
J. Nicholson, exhibition catalogue, Art and Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and William Staite Murray, Dulwich Picture Gallery, p. 61, illustrated, as 'King's Road, Chelsea'.
Exhibited
Glasgow, The Scottish Arts Council, The Scottish Arts Council Gallery, Winifred Nicholson: Paintings 1900-1978, September - October 1979, no. 22: this exhibition travelled to Carlisle, City Art Gallery, November 1979; Glasgow, Third Eye Centre, December 1979; Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Univeristy of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Hatton Gallery, January - February 1980; Colchester, The Minories, February - March 1980; and Penwith, St Ives Gallery, March - April 1980.
Kendal, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, A Tribute to Winifred Nicholson, November - December 1982, no. 57.
Cambridge, Kettle's Yard, Winifred Nicholson, July - September 2001, exhibition not numbered: this exhibition travelled to Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, October - November 2001; and Carlisle, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, November 2001 - January 2002.
Leeds, Leeds Art Gallery, Art and Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and William Staite Murray, 1920-1931, October 2013 - January 2014, exhibition not numbered: this exhibition travelled to Cambridge, Kettle's Yard, February - May 2014; and Dulwich Picture Gallery, June - September 2014.
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Lot Essay

The present composition is one of a only a small number of townscapes painted by the artist. Interestingly, 1924 (first abstract painting, Chelsea) (Tate) painted by her husband, Ben Nicholson, employs a closely related palette spectrum. We are very grateful to Jovan Nicholson for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

A windowsill still-life that is also a cityscape, this boldly abstracted image brilliantly orchestrates blocks and patches of colour over the canvas, in overlapping layers and strong pattern. ‘All painting is to me painting of air and sky — that holds colours and light — not pictures of objects’, the artist said. As in much of Nicholson’s work, a sense of wonder pervades the ordinary, as if she had successfully tapped the spiritual in the everyday, and given us access to the essential mystery of life. In both this painting and lot 339, it is evident that flowers were, in her own phrase: ‘the secret of the cosmos’.

A.L.

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