A painting which was sold for £300 in 1964 is now set to fetch up to £1m when it is auctioned by Sotheby’s in London.
The Guardian reports that When A Dawn, a painting by CRW Nevinson of haggard French troops marching to the front in 1914, is now regarded as one of the English artist’s finest works, and as one of the great paintings of the first world war.
“I hesitate to say a career-best, because it makes the rest of my career seem rather boring, but I never expect to handle a better painting by Nevinson,” said Simon Hucker, an expert at Sotheby’s on 20th century British art. “It is a great painting, every inch of the canvas fully resolved, down to the way the men break down at the very back of the picture into mere geometric forms.”
For a friend.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Is it possible
That so high debate,
So sharp, so sore, and of such rate,
Should end so soon and was begun so late?
Is it possible?