Felicitas Vogler

Studio Still Life with Clear Bottle, c.1967 (About 1967)

About this artwork

This unusual photograph by Vogler shows two pieces of work by her husband, the artist Ben Nicholson, combined into a still life arrangement. Although more noted for her landscape photographs taken during her travels, this work does embody her interest in abstract patterns and unusual compositions. In her positioning of the camera, Vogler distorts the perspective and makes the foreground out of focus. The clear glass bottle continues this idea of distortion by slightly warping the line in Nicholson’s work behind it.

  • title: Studio Still Life with Clear Bottle, c.1967
  • accession number: GMA 4917
  • artist: Felicitas VoglerGerman (1922 - 2006)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Still life Visual arts
  • date created: About 1967
  • measurements: 32.00 x 49.00 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”.