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    Sale 5246

    Prints & Multiples

    29 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 57

    Paul Nash (1889-1946)

    Price Realised  


    Paul Nash (1889-1946)

    Rain, Lake Zillebeke (Postan L3)
    lithograph, 1918, on cream wove paper, a good impression of this rare print, signed and dated in pencil, numbered 24/25, with wide margins, light-staining, a 10 mm. tear at the left sheet edge, two paper-clip rust marks at the left sheet edge, a few soft handling creases, otherwise in good condition, framed
    L. 255 x 362 mm., S. 445 x 575 mm.

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    Andrew Causey, Paul Nash, Oxford University Press, 1980
    Margot Eates, Paul Nash 1889-1946, John Murray Ltd., 1973

    Post Lot Text

    In December 1917 Paul Nash, in his capacity as an Official War artist, was based with the Canadian forces at Zillebeke, two miles south-east of Ypres. In a letter to his wife of that year Nash wrote: 'The rain drives on...the shell holes fill up with greenish water...the black dying trees ooze and sweat and the shells never cease'. 'Rain, Lake Zillebeke' was based on a chalk drawing of the same title which was included in Nash's exhibition 'Void of War' at the Leicester Galleries in 1918. Herbert Read praised the exhibition: 'here was someone who could convey, as no other artist, the phantasmagoric atmosphere of No Man's Land'.