Paul Nash
Harbour and Room 1932–6

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Paul Nash 1889–1946
Harbour and Room
Date 1932–6
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 711 mm
frame: 1107 x 905 x 105 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1981

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In 1930 Nash travelled to the South of France, staying in a hotel by the sea. This image derives from a reflection of a ship in the large mirror which hung in front of his bed. The dream-like quality indicates Nash's interest in Surrealism, and in the unconscious. Read admired the way Nash managed to respond to the European influence of Surrealism, while maintaining the English character of his work. He wrote: 'The striking peculiarity of Paul Nash is that, alone in his generation, he has dared to transform the English tradition.'

August 2004

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