Felicitas Vogler

Ben Nicholson's House, Goonhilly: Potted Plants, St Ives (About 1957 - 1958)

About this artwork

Ben Nicholson had been living and working in St Ives since 1939 but this photograph was taken by Vogler around the time she met Nicholson for the first time in 1957. That year Vogler visited London, primarily to organise a trip to India, but she also took the opportunity to research a programme for Bavarian radio about the Cornish landscape. After a friend suggested she visit St Ives she met Nicholson, and following a whirlwind romance, they married. This photograph shows the beginnings of the characteristics that would become typical features of Vogler’s photographic work – the unusual and abstract composition alongside muted tones of colour.

  • title: Ben Nicholson's House, Goonhilly: Potted Plants, St Ives
  • accession number: GMA 4916
  • artist: Felicitas VoglerGerman (1922 - 2006)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Interior Flowers
  • date created: About 1957 - 1958
  • measurements: 33.50 x 51.50 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”.