William Nicholson


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A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings

Patricia Reed; With Wendy Baron and Merlin James

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William Nicholson (1872–1949) is among the most admired and elusive painters in the history of British art. In the first four decades of the 20th century, Nicholson explored the genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life with exceptional inventiveness, wit, and technical skill. His distinctive paintings were neither academic nor modernist, and his aversion to art groups and his reluctance to make public pronouncements about art have made it difficult to place his work within the main narratives of 20th-century art history. The breadth of Nicholson's works in oil is revealed for the first time in this lavishly illustrated catalogue raisonné.

Author and scholar Patricia Reed offers detailed entries for each of Nicholson's oil paintings, along with a comprehensive chronology of his life. The art historian Wendy Baron gives a context for Nicholson in British art at the beginning of the 20th century, and the painter and critic Merlin James celebrates the virtuosity and subtlety of Nicholson's painting technique. This magnificent and substantial catalogue brings to the fore Nicholson's vast achievement in oils.

Distributed for Modern Art Press, Ltd.

Patricia Reed is an independent art historian and the principal scholar on the oil paintings of William Nicholson.

“….. [A] capacious and glorious volume.”—Jane Brown, The Spectator

“This heavy handsome book perfectly suits [William Nicholson’s] diligence.”—Brian Sewell, Evening Standard (Art Books Of The Year)

"[S]umptuous."—William Feaver, Art News

“….an example of the diligent scholarship and attention to detail….[an] engrossing and monumental study.”—Robert Radford, Cassone

“….a model of exemplary scholarship.”—William Packer, The Times

Shortlisted for the 2013 Historians of British Art Book Prize in the Multi-Author category, given by the Historians of British Art.

Winner of the 2012 Spear's Book Award as an outstandingly produced book, award is sponsored by Harbottle & Lewis.
ISBN: 9780300170542
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Publishing Partner: Distributed for Modern Art Press, Ltd.
672 pages, 10 1/4 x 11
640 color + 90 b/w illus.