Throughout his career Paul Nash was fascinated by landscapes but is best remembered for his work as a war artist, serving in the first and second world wars. He was greatly influenced by the European avant-garde styles of abstraction and surrealism and was one of the founding members of the short lived Unit One, a group of painters, sculptors and architects that included Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, and who helped to revive English art in the interwar years.
It is most likely that Nash made the preparatory sketch for this work in the early months of 1925 whilst he and his wife stayed at the Pension de la Plage in Cros de Cagnes, France. The Mimosa wood could be seen from their bedroom window.
oil on canvas
54.1 x 65.2 cm stretcher; 71.0 x 82.5 x 5.7 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r., grey and black paint "Paul Nash". Not dated.
Watson Bequest Fund 1946
© TATE, London 2003
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Unknown, London Group, Exhibition Venue Unknown, Jun 1926–Jun 1926
Unknown, Redfern Gallery 1933, The Redfern Gallery, London, 1933–1933
Paul Nash paintings and watercolours:
Paul Nash - photographer and painter, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 04 Feb 1977–27 Feb 1977
Modern Britain 1900-1960, NGV: International, Melbourne, 15 Nov 2007–24 Feb 2008
Modernists: Selections from the European Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Nov 2015–25 Apr 2016
Alex Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., 1926, London/England
The Redfern Gallery, circa 1934, London/England, Sold to C.J. Scaramanga
C.J. Scaramanga, 1934-12 Feb 1936, Purchased from the Redfern Gallery 1934 and sold 12 February 1936
Royan Middleton, post 12 Feb 1936, Purchased from Scaramanga's sale
Christie's London, 21 May 1946, London/England
Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, 21 May 1946-22 Nov 1946, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Arthur Tooth & Sons 1946. Purchased by Tooth's from Christie's London, 21 May 1946.
Referenced in 11 publications
Anthony Bertram, Paul Nash: the portrait of an artist, London, 1955, 156.
Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'European 20th Century Art', pg. 91-95, Sydney, 1984, 91.
Andrew Causey, Paul Nash, 'Catalogue: Oil paintings and watercolours', pg. 345-476, Oxford, 1980, 396. cat.no. 542
Margot Eates, Paul Nash: the master of the image, 1889-1946, 'The Iden Period 1925-1929', pg. 36-43, London, 1973, (illus.), 38, 120. plate.no. 44
Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 135 (illus.).
Ted Gott, Laurie Benson and Sophie Matthiesson, Modern Britain 1900-1960, Melbourne, 2007, 188, 189 (colour illus.).
Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 138. cat.no. 1576
Barry Pearce, Paul Nash - photographer and painter, 'Paul Nash works from Australian collections', pg. 41-51, Perth, 1977, 41, 44 (illus.). cat.no. 108
Sir Herbert Read, Margot Eates, Sir John Rothenstein, E.H. Ramsden and Philip Brutton James, Paul Nash paintings, drawings and illustrations, London, 1948, (illus.). plate.no. 47, as 1927
Sir John Rothenstein, Modern English painters Lewis to Moore, London, 1956, 109.
Tate Britain, Paul Nash paintings and watercolours, London, 1975, 69. cat.no. 97