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1894 – 1982

1933 (Piquet)
Oil and gesso on board
46.6 x 33.7 cm
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 1946 © Angela Verren Taunt. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017. Photography Jerry Hardman-Jones

Hepworth and Nicholson met in 1931 while visiting Happisburgh in Norfolk with their mutual friends Ivon Hitchens and Henry Moore, as well as others associated with the British avant-garde.

They formed a strong bond, both personally and in their shared appreciation of artistic developments in Europe. Influenced by his time spent in Paris in the 1920s, Nicholson produced several still-life works.

This painting of a bottle, plate of fish and the word ‘Piquet’, the name of a popular French card game, is an allusion to the café life often depicted by French Cubist painters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque; the disjointed elements in the work also evoke Cubist collages.