Single jug and single cup, Ben Nicholson
Ben Nicholson
Single jug and single cup
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Ben Nicholson

Single jug and single cup, 1965

518 x 462 x 42 mm
520 x 448 mm
330 x 263 mm
245 x 201 mm
Physical Description
Black balltip pen and oil paint on wove paper, with visible indentations created by the edges of the plate of a proof (printed on the verso and crossed out with pencil and a black drawing medium), mounted on press board, painted grey and scraped, in wooden frame
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17905 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Not on display


About the Work

Behind the glass of this framed object, we see a still-life drawing against a background animated with dynamic scrapes. Nicholson drew it on the back of a print reject (the edges of the plate are clearly discernible). With a few sparse lines, he described a jug and a cup. The contours intersect and merge. In one place, the artist accentuated the drawing with a small zone of black. The theme of the composition is the tension between the lines, but also the relationships between surface and space, object and drawing.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

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