David Nash

Wood Quarry - Beech, Otterlo


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Not on display

David Nash born 1945
Charcoal and earth on paper
Support: 1219 × 2426 mm
Purchased 1982

Catalogue entry

T03472 Wood Quarry-Beech, Otterlo 1982

Charcoal and earth on paper 48 × 95 1/4 (1219 × 2426)
Inscribed top centre ‘Wood Quarry - Beech/Otterlo, May 1982/David Nash’ and with the titles of sculptures
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1982

Two drawings, this and ‘Family Tree 1970–1982’ were made for the Tate Gallery in late 1982 in association with the purchase of ‘Rostrum with Bonks’ and ‘Standing Frame’. ‘Standing Frame’ was exchanged with the artist for ‘Flying Frame’ (T03932) in 1984.

The ‘Wood Quarry’ drawings are made by Nash to show the origin of particular sculptures in one tree, all of which is used, and to show how the sculptures can be imagined in the reverse process to fit together again to make the growing shape. They are begun on site where the tree is felled, and use earth from around the roots to colour some areas. The Tate Gallery's drawing is a version of another of the same tree which was exhibited at the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, in May–July 1982, and is reproduced in the catalogue (the exhibition was itself subtitled ‘Wood Quarry’). The catalogue also reproduces a photograph of the tree in the Kröller-Müller park before it was felled, and the exhibition included all the sculptures illustrated. Another ‘Wood Quarry-Otterlo’ drawing is reproduced in the catalogue Fellowship '81–82, David Nash, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (1982). The two trees which supplied the exhibition were not cut down especially for it, since one had to be removed for a new avenue and the other was dying.

The Tate Gallery's drawing was begun on site at Otterlo, and finished in the studio. At the artist's request it was framed by the gallery in beech wood.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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