Paul Nash
Landscape at Iden 1929

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Paul Nash 1889–1946
Landscape at Iden
Date 1929
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 698 x 908 mm
frame: 850 x 1055 x 92 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1939
Not on display

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This mysterious picture shows the view from Nash’s studio in Sussex. The dramatic perspective and strange juxtaposition of rustic objects creates a sense of the uncanny. It has been read as a statement of mourning. While the young fruit trees may suggest the defencelessness of youth, the altar-like pile of logs may be a symbol of fallen humanity; the fallen tree as a symbol for the dead was common in the art and literature of the war, not least in Nash’s own paintings.For many, an idea of the timeless and enduring English landscape seemed to displace the violent destruction of the war.

July 2007

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