Art and Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, William Staite Murray, 1920 – 1931, Dulwich Picture Gallery, until 21st September 2014
If you haven’t already made the pilgrimage to see this exhibition then I do suggest you make the effort. It focuses on the ten year marriage of Winifred and Ben Nicholson, who are rightly numbered among the top echelon of 20th century British painters. It also looks at their friendships and exchange of ideas with their contemporaries Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and the ceramicist William Staite Murray.
The show, curated by the Nicholson’s grandson Jovan Nicholson, is grouped by location – London, Lugano, Cumberland and Cornwall – enables us to see the parallel views of the same scenes by the artists. It is an eloquently told story of a certain time in British Modern Art, especially Nicholson’s move towards Abstracts and ends appropriately with his 1935 (painting).