Surrealist Paul Nash (1889 - 1946) played a key role in the development of modernism in English art. He was fond of the distant past of Great Britain and spent some time in the south of England, revealing the surrealistic and mystical aspects of local landscapes.
Inspired by, among other things, the phases of the moon, he interpreted the environment in accordance with his own unique mythology, which he developed throughout his career.
Left: Paul Nash (1936). Photo: Helen Maspratt
Nash was worried that in times of peace his days would turn into a “struggle of a martial artist without war”. But, as a retrospective show at Tate, he remained a messenger after demobilization. Now he transferred to England from the continent the avant-garde ideas of abstractionism and surrealism.
Looking at artists such as Picasso and de Chirico, Nash began experimenting with fragmented images and abstract forms. And by the end of the 1920s, inanimate objects and geometric shapes made their surreal debut in his landscapes.
Left: Paul Nash, Kinetic Property (1931)
- "Moon enclosure" (1937)
- Paul Nash, "The House of the Dead" (1932)
Another highlight of the exhibition was one of the bilateral paintings of Paul Nash. One of the sides is called the “Circle of Monoliths” (1936 - 1937), the second is “Two Snakes” (1929).
The first has never been exhibited in public and is an example of one of the most surrealistic landscapes of Nash, in which dream and reality coexist. Exposed along with other, more famous images of ancient monoliths in Avebury, it allows visitors to create new connections in this group of works.
Left: Paul Nash, The Two Snakes (1929)