As two major museum exhibitions currently on show in London demonstrate Ben Nicholson is a master of 20th Century Art. 'Picasso and Modern British Art' at the Tate shows him as a young man intoxicated by the European avant-garde, working through the issues and ideas raised by Picasso and the cubists. Whereas the exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, 'Mondrian and Nicholson in Parallel', shows him to be an equal if younger colleague of Mondrian, working towards a pure abstraction that culminated in Nicholson’s celebrated White Reliefs. However Nicholson’s long and successful career transcended both of these moments.
The works on display at Bernard Jacobson Gallery date from throughout Ben Nicholson’s distinguished career and range from his 1930s and 40s geometric abstract paintings such as (Painting, 1939) and (Painted Relief (Painting)) 1941, paintings on canvas and board from the 1950s, through to his later reliefs, (Untitled Relief, 1960-69) and to his last works in oil and felt tip, (1979 (Elephantine).