PAUL NASH (1889-1946)

Paul Nash (1889-1946) The Corner 1919. © Jerwood Collection.

The Corner 1919

pencil, watercolour and chalk on paper
55 x 40 cm

Painted in 1919 The Corner marks a critical time in Nash’s career. At the start of the year he was finishing his large scale commission for the Ministry of Information, The Menin Road (now in the collection of Imperial War Museum).  In the immediate post-war period Nash returned to paint a subject with which he felt a great connection, the English landscape. The Corner was painted during a visit to the village of Whiteleaf, near Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, that Nash made with his wife, Margaret and his brother, the artist John Nash RA (1893-1977). 

Nash felt a great affinity with trees, writing in 1912: ‘I have tried to paint as tho’ they were human beings … because I sincerely love & worship trees & know that they are people & wonderfully beautiful people.’

Provenance
John Nash, RA.
The Redfern Gallery, London, 1963 as 'Elms over a terrace'. 
David Bathurst Esq (former Chairman of Christie's). 
Hamet Gallery, London, 1970 as 'Elms over a terrace'. 
Mr and Mrs F Shaw.
Anonymous sale; Mallams, Oxford, 10 December 2015, lot 500, where purchased.

Exhibited
London, 9 Fitzroy Street, Paul Nash: Drawings, November - December 1919, no. 29.
London, NEAC, January 1920, no. 166.
London, Redfern Gallery, French and English drawings and watercolours, February - March 1963, no. 323.
London, Camden Arts Centre, The English Landscape Tradition in the 20th century, January - February 1969, no. 57.
London, New Grafton Galleries, October 1969, unnumbered. 
London, Hamet Gallery, Paul Nash (1889-1946), March – April 1970, no. 8.

Literature
A. Bertram, Paul Nash, London, 1923, p. 134, pl. 14.
M. Eates, Paul Nash: The Master of the Image, London, 1973, pp. 29 and 114.
A. Causey, Paul Nash, Oxford, 1980, p. 368, no. 246, pl. 428.

Joanna Waclawski