Mondrian, Nicholson: In Parallel

Ben Nicholson, 1940-43 (two forms) Oil on canvas, National Museum, Cardiff Angel
Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) 1940-43 (two forms) Oil on canvas, 60.5 x 59.5 cm National Museum, Cardiff Angela Verren Taunt. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

A must read article by painter Alan Gouk on the work of Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson, on view in the exhibition Mondrian, Nicholson: In Parallel at The Courtauld Gallery, London, on view through May 20, 2012.

Gouk offers an insightful analysis of the work of each artist as well as a comparison of their work, ultimately expressing a preference for Nicholson: "Do I think Nicholson's aesthetic carries greater potential for the future/present of painting? In its openness to sensuous experience and the light of the natural world, in its sublimated cursiveness (in these particular pictures), in its 'carving' of space... in its improvisory fusion of the physicality of making with the optics of planar construction, certainly."