Quadrilateral Abstract oil on chipboard 32 x 43 cm. (12 1/4 x 16 3/4 in.) (irregular) Painted circa 1949
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Rome
Winifred Nicholson began painting abstracts in the 1930s at a time when she was friends with a number of leading abstract painters and sculptors including Naum Gabo. Interested in ideas of movement and space, the direct inspiration for Quadrilateral Abstract came from an article Images of Movement by Peter Goffin in the journal Image, which illustrated graphic records of harmonic vibration entitled Compound Pendulum Figures, one of which Winifred Nicholson chose as a basis for her vivid Quadrilateral Abstract (see Image, no.2 Autumn 1949, Images of Movement, by Peter Goffin, pp.51-63).
We are grateful to Jovan Nicholson for his assistance in cataloguing this work and compiling the catalogue entry.