The Not-So-Still Lives of Ben Nicholson
by Jo Walton
Monday 11th October 2021
Ben Nicholson became one of Britain’s leading abstract artists in the years before the Second World War. His beautiful still life and landscape paintings combine representational and abstract elements in a disciplined harmony – but his personal life was not always harmonious. Married first to the painter Winifred Nicholson, and later to the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, his art challenged that of his father, the highly successful Edwardian painter Sir William Nicholson. This lecture explores the development of Nicholson’s beautiful images, set against a background of conflict – personal, international and artistic.
Jo Walton gave us a superb talk about the Medici family last term. She has combined teaching and lecturing with a career in art bookselling and has been a volunteer guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. She is now a freelance lecturer for The Arts Society, the Art Fund, and Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and local art societies.