|Paul Nash and the Wittenham Clumps|
Paul Nash and the Wittenham Clumps is totally devoted to one painter and one place.
- The artist is Paul Nash (1889-1946)- one of the UK'sleading landscape painters.
- The place is the Wittenham Clumps. These are two chalk hills which are crowned by the oldest planted hilltop beeches in England. They rise above the the flat landscape of South Oxfordshire and are apparently visible for miles around.
From 1911 he proceeded to paint them on a periodic basis throughout his career as an artist
Take a look at the website and the amazing level of effort which has gone into recording a unique relationship between painter and landscape. It's extremely well done and provides a unique perspective on the development of an artist's work in relation to one landscape motif.
You can see:
- the paintings of the Clumps
- a list of where all the paintings are
- photographs of the Clumps over time and as they are today
- A selection of some of the paintings, sketches and collages done at three art workshops for adults and families which were held at the Earth Trust Centre, Little Wittenham on Friday 11th March and Saturday 12th March 2011 - to mark the centenery.
To celebrate the centenary of Paul Nash's connection with this landscape, they made this new website in order to explore the many paintings he made in the area and also to encourage people to visit the area. The project has been supported by North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
I've certainly been encouraged to visit next time I'm in the area!