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Title

Storm over Paros


Artist

Ben Nicholson

England

10 Apr 1894 - 06 Feb 1982


About

Between 1965 and 1968 Nicholson worked with François Lafranca, a Swiss printer, to produce a series of etchings. The subjects are mostly of buildings and architectural fragments which Nicholson had seen and drawn during his travels in Italy and Greece.Typically the forms are drawn with a precise outline. But in the case of this etching the artist created an attractive atmospheric effect by rubbing ink onto the surface of the copper plate before printing it.

In an interview in the Sunday Times, 23 April 1963, Nicholson said that there was a difference between contemplating a building and penetrating it by drawing it: "If I am drawing a piece of Greek or Italian architecture I draw the forms, but it is the spirit of the building that I am contemplating, not its stones".


Details


Date

1965


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching


Edition

9/50


Dimensions

27.8 x 32.3 cm platemark; 37.6 x 43.1 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. sheet, pencil "... Nicholson 65".


Credit

Purchased 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

77.2003


Artist information

Ben Nicholson

Works in the collection

4


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Norbert Lynton, Ben Nicholson, Florence, 1993, 354 (illus.), 355.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2003 [for the year ended 30 June 2003], 'Year in review', pg.14-35, Sydney, 2003, 20.

Author Unknown, Ben Nicholson: etchings printed by François Lafranca, 1983, 111. cat.no. 68