Thomas Hennell The Tree c.1938–40

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Artwork details

Artist
Thomas Hennell 1903–1945
Title
The Tree
Date c.1938–40
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 318 x 483 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1940
Reference
N05412
Not on display

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The author HJ Massingham once remarked 'there is a touch of the supernatural about the waving and aspiring upper branches of Hennell’s trees’. This ancient specimen may have fallen through natural causes, but it here communicates Hennell’s respect for an organic order he felt to be disregarded and threatened by the urban civilisation nearby.

May 2003

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