Unknown Colour: Paintings, Letters, Writings by Winifred Nicholson by Winifred Nicholson

Unknown Colour: Paintings, Letters, Writings by Winifred Nicholson by Winifred Nicholson soon to be presented for sale on the excellent BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Faber & Faber, 1987, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates;

From the cover: Throughout her life Winifred Nicholson (1893 -1981) was always closely involved with the world of art and artists, both as a distinguished artist herself and as a writer and thinker As a child, she received encouragement from her grandfather; George Howard, Earl of Carlisle, a painter friend of the Pre-Raphaelites. In 1920, she married Ben Nicholson, beginning a creative artistic relationship that lasted, in spite of separation, for sixty years and generated the absorbing correspondence that occupies a substantial part of the book. Both Winifred and Ben were active members of the 7 and 5 Society which had Henry Moore, Ivon Hitchens, John Piper Christopher Wood, Barbara Hepworth and David Jones among its members. After their separation, Winifred lived for most of the 1930s in Paris, where she became part of the artistic circle that included Mondrian, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Gabo, Brancusi and Arp. Shortly before war broke out, she returned to Cumberland to her stone farmhouse high up overlooking the Pennines. Kathleen Raine, the poet was a close friend, with whom Winifred went painting in the Hebrides in the 1950s and 1960s. Her life of painting led to a deeper exploration of the colours at the edge of the rainbow.

Unknown Colour brings together all Winifred Nicholsons writings for the first time and reproduces in colour the wide range of her paintings, conveying in words and images the essence of her art which is light, colour and radiance.

Introduction by: Sir Norman Reid

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

White boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 271 pages. Index. 12″ x 9¼”.

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