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Profile, sometimes called 'Head'

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  • Title (object)

    • Profile, sometimes called 'Head'
  • Description

    Abstraction of head in profile to left. 1933 Linocut

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  • Date

    • 1933
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 425 millimetres
    • Width: 331 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed along right-hand side in ink, "BN 1933".
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Frances Carey & Antony Griffiths, 'Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960', BMP, 1990, no.70.
    Nicholson's removal from Bankshead to Hampstead in 1931 interrrupted his attempts at linocutting until 1933, which proved to be his most productive year in this medium. His relationship with Barbara Hepworth had a decisive impact on his imagery and in 1932-3 Nicholson, for the only time in his career, made the human figure or profile one of the chief subjects of his compositions. A notable series of paintings and drawings recorded a significant visit he made to France with Hepworth in the spring of 1932, when they met Braque, Brancusi and Arp in Paris en route to Provence, and Picasso on their return journey. The most remarkable of these was 'St Rémy, Provence' (LH 1.53). a rich, dark painting with the lines incised into the surface, which may have been the point of departure for the profile heads he executed in linocut
    The single profile head catalogued in Carey & Griffiths 1990 in two different impressions was the most important of all Nicholson's linocuts, of which he pulled at least fourteen impressions. A photograph taken by Barbara Hepworth of Nicholson's studio in 1933 (Lewison, fig. 57) shows three other impressions pinned to the walls. Lewison describes the considerable variation in inking and registration which exists between the impressions; the one described above printed on a sheet taken from a spiral bound sketchbook's presumably an early impression as there is no sign of the split in the block which becomes progressively more apparent in all the others, with the exception of one at Kettles Yard (Lewison 9d).


  • Bibliography

    • Lewison 9g bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XXc Mounted Imp)

  • Exhibition history

    1990/1 Sep-Jan, BM, Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960, no 70
    1991/2 Nov-Jan, Middlesborough AG, Avant-Garde British Printamking
    1992 Feb-April, Plymouth City Mus & AG, Avant-Garde British Printmaking
    1992 May-June, Glasgow, Hunterian AG, Avant-Garde British Printmaking
    1992 Oct-Dec, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Avant-Garde British Printmaking

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  • Acquisition notes

    Presented in honour of the Directorship of Sir David Wilson. This is the same impression as had been lent anonymously by the donors to the 1990 BM exhibition of 'Avant-Garde British Printmaking'.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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