Nash, Paul (1889-1946), 'Comment on Leda', Pencil, Chalk and Watercolour, 1935

'Comment on Leda', Pencil, Chalk and Watercolour, 1935

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Monogrammed ‘PN’ lower left.

The swan-like object was based on part of a cabriole chair, it also appears in a 1934 photograph by Nash ‘Still Life, A Chair Leg Beside Water’. The coincidence of finding swan-like objects in Swanage deeply appealed to Nash, he recounted ‘when walking up the Institute Road, I was attracted by an object in a turner’s shop window which seemed to resemble a swan in a peculiar degree’.

The swan formed a part of the private imagery Nash and Eileen Agar shared in their letters and drawings to each other during their affair, hence his gifting of this watercolour to her.

Paper Size 28 x 39.5 cm
Provenance Eileen Agar, gift from the artist
Exhibited Redfern Gallery, London, 1935; The Fine Art Society, London, 2004; Tate Gallery, London, 2016
Literature ‘Paul Nash, The Painter’s Object,’ 1937, p.115; ‘Paul Nash’, Tate Gallery, 2016, p. 131
Reference Andrew Causey, ‘Paul Nash’, 1980, p.431 & 527, cat. no. 830

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