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Nocturne Quartet

Alan Reynolds (1926-2014)


Signed, inscribed with title, 'For Robert and Lillian, with love from Alan, 55', and dated 1955

Watercolour with bodycolour

18 x 13 inches

'A Century of British Art: 1945-2010', Chris Beetles Gallery, October-November 2021, No 233

Like Evening Spring [X], the four studies that comprise Nocturne Quartet relate to Reynolds’ large oil on board, Spring (1955, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne). Despite their diminutive scale, the studies contain much of the strength of the final work in encapsulating the potential of plants on the very verge of bursting into life. Their visionary quality alludes to and vies with the landscapes of the Romantic painter, Samuel Palmer, and the older Neo-Romantic, Graham Sutherland, both of whom, like Reynolds, lived and worked in Kent.

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