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Alan Reynolds
Legend in December - 20th Century, Watercolour on paper by Alan Reynolds


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Signed and dated Reynolds 55 lower left. Also signed, dated and titled in pencil verso. Reynolds’ intense study of nature led him to create sketchbooks filled with botanical studies, pressed leaves, grasses, seedpods and feathers – forms upon which he based abstract landscapes during the first, figurative stage of his career. Among the most significant sequence of paintings derived from these studies was ‘The Four Seasons’, showing landscape transformed across the cycle of the year. Legend in December (1955) relates to this series, showing a winter landscape in which the moon hangs low over the horizon. Bushes cast pallid shadows, and whitened seed heads appear like fireworks against the sky. On the roof of a chapel, haloed, is a cross mirrored in a reflection below. This detail, coupled with the title Legend in December, suggests a memory of Christmas.
  • Creator:
    Alan Reynolds (1926 - 2014, British)
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    Height: 19.49 in (49.5 cm)Width: 24.73 in (62.8 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    London, GB
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU30010677912
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