Paul Nash A Landscape  39cm x 32cm
Lot 17
Paul Nash (1889-1946) The Three 39 x 31.5 cm. (15 3/8 x 12 3/8 in.)
Sold for £86,240 (US$ 140,922) inc. premium

Lot Details
Paul Nash (1889-1946)
The Three
signed with monogram (lower right)
pen and ink with wash and pencil
39 x 31.5 cm. (15 3/8 x 12 3/8 in.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property of a Deceased's Estate

    Literature:
    Andrew Causey, Paul Nash, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1980 (ill.b&w.p.30, pl.30)


    In a letter on the 28 March 1912, Nash wrote "The strange procession of our boundary trees could be seen crossing the upland at right angles to Wood Lane. These also were elms but of such an eccentric growth that they looked like some new species. In effect they resembled palms, their stems being close-cropped and only the top branches left to spread.... About the centre of this elm row stood three trees which in spite, or perhaps because, of their rigorous cropping had emerged into a singular grace.... I knew these three intimately but not very consciously. I now began to look at them with a fresh interest. They were indeed beautiful. I wanted to express something about them. But at present I had no real contact. They stood outside my scheme of things. After a while Pellew talked in vain as far as I was concerned. The new world which his words had begun to conjure up eluded me. Yet I was shaken within; a new vibration had been set up. It was not long before the true response came." (see Causey, A., Op. Cit., pp. 26-28)
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