28 November 1996
Paul Nash (1889-1946)
Study for a Painting: Landscape from a Dream
signed with monogram and dedicated 'for Margaret Theodosia' (lower left), signed again, dated and inscribed 'Study for painting Landscape from a dream. First version. 1937. (Margaret's collection) Paul Nash', signed again, and with a monogram and inscribed 'Paul Nash 106 Banbury Road Oxford' (on the inside of the backboard), inscribed 'Please handle with care' (on the backboard), signed again and inscribed 'Paul Nash call Margaret Nash' (on a label attached to the backboard)
pencil, watercolour, bodycolour and coloured crayon; lightly squared for transfer
6½ x 10 in. (16.5 x 25.4 cm.)
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A. Causey, Paul Nash, Oxford, 1980, no.913.
London, Leicester Galleries, Paul Nash, May-June 1938, no.12, as 'Study for a Painting'.
Andrew Causey (op. cit., p.286) remarks that the finished painting Landscape from a Dream 'is certainly Nash's most successful completely new picture in the period immediately following the International Surrealist Exhibition [held at the New Burlington Galleries, London in 1936]. It is effective partly because of the luminious brilliance of the colour, which is striking in the context of Nash's painting at this time; this picture more than any other prefigures the colour brilliance of the final phase of Nash's oil painting from 1943'.
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