Paul Nash Equivalents for the Megaliths 1935

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Artist
Paul Nash 1889–1946
Title
Equivalents for the Megaliths
Date 1935
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 457 x 660 mm
frame: 627 x 835 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1970
Reference
T01251
On loan to Royal West of England Academy (Bristol, UK)

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‘Megaliths’ are great standing stones, the remains of ancient temples in places such as Stonehenge; this work was inspired by the stones at Avebury, on the Wiltshire Downs. Here Nash brings together Britain’s most advanced cultural objects with its most ancient: the geometric forms are similar to those found in contemporary abstract sculpture, but are also ‘equivalents’ for prehistoric standing stones. Nash had an enduring fascination with the mystical qualities of inanimate objects. The abstract forms draw on the emotional presence of ancient monuments, integrated with the landscape, but also provide a powerful element of abstract design.

September 2004