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In this brooding landscape the trees and their tendril-like branches threaten to invade the viewer's space. The dark colours and evening light give the painting a claustrophobic atmosphere. Like his brother Paul, John Nash had served with the Artists' Rifles for two years before becoming an Official War Artist in 1918. This painting, completed soon after the war, is characterised by a sense of bleak desolation that suggests the profound introspection that for many followed the devastation of the war.

August 2004