Felicitas Vogler

Paros, 1959 (1959)

About this artwork

Throughout April and May of 1959 Vogler and her husband, fellow artist Ben Nicholson, travelled to Italy, via Greece, with Swan Hellenic cruises. On the journey they visited several locations, including the island of Paros. This photograph is typical of Vogler’s desire to capture more unconventional compositions. It shows a deserted lane on the island, the only real evidence of human habitation a row of white underpants hanging out to dry, framed against a blue wooden door. The colours and tone are soft, with Vogler suggesting the effect of the scorching sun bleaching the colours. The shadows cast by the tree and the washing on to the crisp white walls demonstrates the artist’s interest in abstract patterns.

  • title: Paros, 1959
  • accession number: GMA 4908
  • artist: Felicitas VoglerGerman (1922 - 2006)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Villages
  • date created: 1959
  • measurements: 41.00 x 61.00 cm
  • credit line: Bequeathed by Felicitas Vogler 2007
  • copyright: © The Estate of the Artist
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Felicitas Vogler

Felicitas Vogler

Born in Berlin, Vogler studied philosophy, literature and psychology in Berlin and Vienna, gaining a doctorate in psychology from Munich University in 1950. In 1957 she travelled to England to record a radio programme about the Cornish landscape. She met the artist Ben Nicholson in St Ives and within weeks they were married. This remains a defining point in Vogler’s life, as Nicholson actively encouraged her interest in photography. The following year they moved to Switzerland and frequently travelled around Europe. However, after their separation in 1971 Vogler began to venture further. The photographs from her travels are characterised by their unconventional compositions, an awareness of colour and light, and her underlying desire to capture “something more than you actually see”.