N02933 THE WOOD BEYOND THE WORLD 1913
Inscr. ‘Sims’ b.r.
Canvas, 40×56 3/4 (101·5×144).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1913.
Exh: R.A., 1913 (5); R.A., Late Members, winter 1933 (453).
Lit: Sims, 1934, pp.81–2, 115–16.
Repr: Studio, LIX, June 1913, p.29.
In a note (op. cit., pp.115–16) for 14 February 1913 the artist wrote in his studio journal that ‘“The Wood beyond the World” could have been drawn more carefully and carried further in tempera, with a saving of time and some advantage to the form.’
Like many of his paintings ‘The Wood beyond the World’ represents an idyllic, timeless scene and there are allusions to pagan and religious themes through the inclusion of three female figures grouped in the traditional Three Graces pose, and in the foreground, a mother and child in the attire and pose of a Madonna.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II
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