Paul Nash (1889-1946)
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Paul Nash (1889-1946)

Swanage

Details
Paul Nash (1889-1946)
Swanage
signed 'Paul Nash' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour
15½ x 22¾ in. (39.4 x 57.8 cm.)
Executed in 1935.
Provenance
Purchased at the 1935 exhibition by the present owner.
Literature
A. Causey, Paul Nash, Oxford, 1980, p. 434, no. 863, pl. 534.
Exhibited
London, Redfern Gallery, Paul Nash, April 1935, no. 22.
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Lot Essay

In his autobiography, Nash describes his early memories of the sea as 'cold and cruel waters usually in a threatening mood' (P. Nash, Outline, London, 1949, p. 41). He continues to say that 'it is not until I think of Swanage that I recall the sea blue and beguiling' (ibid.). Nash found that settling at Swanage in 1934 revived his spirits after being ill for a period of eighteen months. Swanage inspired his work, and his notes on the period in Outline (in which he mentions the Redfern Gallery exhibition where the present lot was shown) convey this enthusiasm 'Redfern Exhibition of watercolours. Happy success. Return to Swanage. I find an object by the sea. Seaside Surrealism' (op. cit., p. 225).
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