‘Still life with Curves’ by Ben Nicholson



Ben Nicholson Rare Proof

A Ben Nicholson unsigned proof etching printed in 1966 on cream wove with the blind stamp of Lafranca Locarno in the lower left corner. Different inking up compared to the other proofs. The print has been cancelled by hand in crayon possibly by the artist, Ben Nicholson. There is slight overall yellowing of the paper due to age, else good.

Plate size 32.4 cm x 27.0 cm


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Reference: Lafranca 13.

In 1958, after marrying Swiss photographer Felicitas Vogler, Ben Nicholson moved to Ticino, Switzerland. A chance meeting with François Lafranca, an artist in his own right, at an artist’s material suppliers, began a partnership between them.  Between the years 1965-68, Lafranca printed a series of etchings for Nicholson, all made in an edition size of 50 copies and many were published by Ganymed & Marlborough.

‘The trial proofs which Lafranca pulled usually showed four or five different paper-dampenings and inkings, from which the artist would choose two or more variants for printing up within a single edition’ (exert from ‘Etchings from the Estate of Ben Nicholson’ published by Waddington Graphics)


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