Winifred Nicholson: Music of Colour



Winifred Nicholson

Winifred Nicholson

Music of Colour

29 September - 21 December 2012
EXTENDED: The exhibition and the gallery shop will be open 2 - 6 January, 1.30-4.30pm

“what I have tried to do is paint pictures that call down colour, so that a picture can be a lamp in one’s home, not merely a window.” 1937


Winifred Nicholson, Cyclamen and Primula, 1923 (circa)The third of our ongoing Artist in Focus displays, this exhibition takes a close look at one of the most important artists in the collection. Winifred Nicholson, alongside her husband Ben Nicholson, was a close friend of Jim Ede, and an important influence, particularly when Jim was developing his vision for
Kettle’s Yard. Winifred Nicholson’s paintings are above all studies of light and colour. Visitors to Kettle’s Yard house have long enjoyed Nicholson’s paintings and this display gives an opportunity to rediscover them. The display will include a number of works not normally shown and archival material. Key themes, such as her theories on colour and her involvement with the European avant-garde will be explored.


“She has probably no equal among modern British painters as a colourist of the most exquisite refinement.“ P. C. Konody, The Observer,1927