• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5886

    20th Century British Art

    16 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 161

    David Nash, R.A. (b. 1945)

    Elm Song

    Price Realised  


    David Nash, R.A. (b. 1945)
    Elm Song
    38½ in. (97.8 cm.), high
    Conceived in 1993.

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    Asahikawa Museum in Hokkaido, Japan, invited Nash to create an exhibition to tour six venues in Japan in 1994. The wood for the works was sourced from an experimental forest managed by Hokaido University at Otoineppu. Nash made three visits to the village of Otoineppu in 1933 coinciding with the three seasons, Spring, Summer and Winter. Elm Song was one of several sculptures made from a huge hollow elm trunk in the summer of 1993. During his visit Nash was struck by the birds he came across and this might have inspired his title: 'The birdsong was new to me too: nightinggales had arrived, the older ones with clear, mature song and the younger ones still learning the phrases. In the forest a bird made a beautiful, timeless sound like a heartbeat' (see N. Lynton, David Nash, London, 2007, p. 101).

    Lots 162 and 163 were conceived as part of this project.

    We are very grateful to David Nash for his assistance cataloguing lots 160-165.

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    with Annely Juda Fine Art, London.


    Hokkaido, Asahikawa Museum of Art, David Nash: Spirit of Three Seasons, June - July 1994: this exhibition travelled to Nagoya City Art Museum, July - September 1994; Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, November - January 1995; Saitama, The Museum of Modern Art, April - May 1995; Kamakura, The Museum of Modern Art, May - June 1995; and Ibaraki, Tsukuba Museum of Art, June - July 1995.