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Title On the Specificity of an Artistic Language: Plasticity and Space in Ben Nicolson’s Creative Work
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About author Panova, Natalya Gennad’evna — Ph. D., associate professor. Moscow Institute of Architecture (State Academy — MARCHI), Rozhdestvenka ul., 11/4, 1-4, 107031 Moscow, Russian Federation.
In the section International Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries: Modernity and Contemporaneity DOI10.18688/aa188-5-50
Year 2018 Volume 8 Pages 516526
Type of article RAR Index UDK 7 .038; 7.038.1; 7.04.017 Index BBK 7.036

The article is devoted to the works of Ben Nicholson, a 20th-century British artist, executed at different points in his career. Nicholson’s paintings, reliefs, and sculpture have been analyzed in the context of the development of European art in the 20th — early 21st century. An attempt has been made to consider the pictorial system of the artist from the point of view of its plastic, chromatic, and composite features. Certain parallels have been drawn with the works by other artists who influenced Nicholson’s creative method. The artist was a key figure in the development of Western abstract art. The article focuses on the formation of Nicholson’s special creative approach which expresses his philosophical outlook. The artist sought strict, logical, and organized forms. Ben Nicholson can safely be called an innovative artist and experimenter. His quest in the field of composition, color, shape, and painting technique resulted in an individual abstract style. As a result, the artist managed to create a coherent pictorial system — a set of various expressive means and methods, in which attention is paid to self-value of plane, line, rhythm, and perfection of texture. The combination of different expressive means and techniques in Ben Nicholson’s works has enriched the artistic language of our time.

Reference Panova, Natalya G. On the Specificity of an Artistic Language: Plasticity and Space in Ben Nicolson’s Creative Work. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 8. Ed. S. V. Mal’tseva, E. Iu. Staniukovich-Denisova, A. V. Zakharova. — St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Univ. Press, 2018, pp. 516–526. ISSN 2312-2129.
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