Ben Nicholson
1894-1982



Ben Nicholson made comparatively few prints, and most of his etchings were made in a few years in the 1960s with Francois Lafranca. His subtle inking of Nicholson's plates gives them with a Spartan richness. Nicholson maintained that he was not a printmaker, but the beauty of his etched line shows that he was in fact a master of etching.
Biography
1886
Born Denham, Buckinghamshire
Eldest son of painters William Nicholson and Mable Pryde
1910–1911
Slade School of Art
1920
Married Winifred Dacre
1925-31
Exhibiting member of the ‘7 and 5 Group’
1932
Married Barbara Hepworth
1933–35
Member of the ‘Association Abstraction Creation’, Paris
and ‘Unit One’
1934
Visited Mondrian’s studio. Exhibited first white relief
1937
Co-editor of ‘Circle International Survey of Constructive Art’ with
Naum Gabo
1937-58
Lived in Cornwall
1939
Represented in British section of New York World Fair
1944
Retrospective at Leeds City Art Gallery
1954
Retrospective at the XXVII Venice Biennale
1955
Retrospective at the Tate Gallery, London
1958
Moved to Ticino, Switzerland
1961
Retrospective at the Kunsthalle, Berne
1963
First exhibition at Marlborough Fine Art
1964
Retrospective at the Dallas Museum of Fine Art
1965-8
Worked with the printer Francois Lafranca
1968
Received the Order of Merit
1969
75th birthday retrospective at the Tate Gallery
1982
Died 6 February


 
     
 
   
 
 
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