1941 (Painted Relief - Version I), 1941 Oil on carved Board Relief Element - 18 ¼ x 42 ¼ inches / 46.5 x 107 cm, in total 28 x 55 ½ inches / 72.5 x 141 cm Signed and dated verso Inscribed verso with framing instructions and colour notes, probably by the artist Inscribed verso Nicholson/Dunlace/Trelyon/St. Ives and dispatch by passenger train/To/J.L. Martin/Box Lane House/Herts
Provenance: Collection of S & J.L. Martin (purchased or gifted from the artist, by 1948) Waddington Gallery, London Private Collection, London (purchased from the above in 2003)
Exhibited: The British Pavilion - Ben Nicholson, Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud, Venice Biennale, June – August 1954, works by Ben Nicholson then travelled to the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1954/55, the Musee National D’art Moderne Paris, 21st January 1955 – 20th February 1955, the Palais des Beaux-Arts De Bruxelles Brussels, 5th March 1955 – 27th March 1955 and the Kunsthaus Zurich, 9th April 1955 – 21th May 1955 Ben Nicholson Retrospective, Tate Gallery, 16 June – 2 August 1955 Ben Nicholson, Tate Gallery, 19 June - 27 July 1969, Cat. no. 69, (not illustrated) Ben Nicholson, Tate Gallery, 13th February – 14th April 1985, cat. no. 64 Ben Nicholson, Tate Gallery, 13 October 1993 - 9 January 1994, Cat. no. 75, ill. in cat. no. 75, p.158, travelled to the Musee D'art Moderne, St Etienne, France.
Literature: Ben Nicholson Paintings, Reliefs and Drawings, Vol. 1, Introduction by Herbert Read, Lund Humphries, London, 1948, ill. no. 129 Ben Nicholson, Exhibition Catalogue, Tate Gallery, London, 1955, Cat. no. 30 Ben Nicholson, Jeremy Lewison, Phaidon, London, 1991, no. 97, Ill. in colour Ben Nicholson, Norbet Lynton, Phaidon, 1993, ill. no. 355, p.368 Ben Nicholson in England, Ed. Chris Stephens, Tate publishing, 2008, ill. in colour, no. 40, p.70
Note – other versions of the work were owned by Herbert Read, John Wells, H.S. Ede and the American painter George L.K. Morris.