Art & Life: Ben Nicholson and Winifred Nicholson

A new book celebrating the lives of two of the UK’s most important 20th century artists.

Ben and Winifred Nicholson

The story of Ben and Winifred Nicholson’s creative partnership is written in their pictures, and is brought together in our new book, Art and Life: Ben Nicholson and Winifred Nicholson. Their collaboration began even before they were married in Tippacott, Devon, where they drew side by side, and they continued to exchange ideas until the end of their lives. They often painted the same subjects, one as a colourist and the other more interested in form. Ben Nicholson described their time together in the early 1920s: ‘Our experiments were fast and furious and I found it an inspiration working with her’.

A major international exhibition of work from two of the UK’s most important 20th Century painters opened at Leeds Art Gallery on 18 October, running until 12 January 2014 before touring to Kettle’s Yard and Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Below we have put together a little gallery of their work as well as a sample from the book. These were done for nothing less than your enjoyment.

Top image shows Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Westmorland, early 1920s, Tate Archive.

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