Paul Nash Bomber in the Corn 1940

Artwork details

Artist
Paul Nash 1889–1946
Title
Bomber in the Corn
Date 1940
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 394 x 578 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05715
Not on display

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This is one of a series of six ‘Raiders’ begun in about August 1940 for the Air Ministry. Nash saw these watercolours as a continuation of his earlier work on the theme of ‘the monster in the field’, which in earlier incarnations consisted of strange misshapen tree trunks. Nash hoped his ‘Raiders’ would be published as war propaganda. This was never done. Nevertheless, the interruption of the machine here implies something a lot more threatening than a Surrealist juxtaposition of unlikely objects.  

August 2004

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