Nicholson, Ben (1894-1982), 'Abstract with Red Circle', Linocut printed in black ink with a red circle hand-coloured in gouache by Nicholson, 1937

'Abstract with Red Circle', Linocut printed in black ink with a red circle hand-coloured in gouache by Nicholson, 1937

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Original linocut with circle painted in red gouache. Printed on a sheet of yellow wove paper. Signed and dated, 1937, in pencil. Extremely rare. Second state with unique textured printing. One of only three known impressions in this state.

Hand-printed by the artist, probably without a printing press, on a sheet of buff wove paper. The distinctive, and deliberately textured, printing of this impression is reminiscent of the treatment of the woodcut ‘5 Circles’, 1934, and some of the linocuts made during the previous decade. Although printed with a viscous ink the intentional use of a sheet of shiny, non absorbent, paper, further enabled the artist to achieve the, desired, uneven printing. The choice of a wrinkled surface introduces a three dimensional quality where the light catches the black ink and further enhances the effect of this impression. The treatment of this example is all the more interesting in the context of Lewison’s claim, in his Print Quarterly article, that Nicholson, by now, had renounced the use of the textured printed surface, in favour of the smooth and even application of pigment, as shown in all the other known impressions of ‘Abstract with Red Circle’.

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Image Size 13.7 x 23 cm
Paper Size 19.2 x 23.1 cm
Provenance Stanley J. Seeger/Christopher Cone collection
References Lewison 15; Alan Cristea 21

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