Andrew Lambirth

Under the Greenwood Tree – an exhibition worth travelling for

‘The Fallen Tree’, 1951, by John Nash. Credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London

A mixed exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints devoted to the subject of the tree might sound an unexciting event, filled with what Johnny Cash memorably described as ‘hopeful stars of flickering magnitude’, but actually in this case the reverse is true. The show has been divided into two halves, the first of which deals with a historical survey of the tree in past art, the section which is herewith under review.

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