Paul Nash
Landscape from a Dream 1936–8

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Paul Nash 1889–1946
Landscape from a Dream
Date 1936–8
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 679 x 1016 mm
frame: 904 x 1244 x 119 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1946
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: Paul Nash

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This painting marks the culmination of Nash’s personal response to Surrealism, of which he had been aware since the late 1920s. As the title suggests, it echoes the Surrealists’ fascination with Freud’s theories of the power of dreams to reveal the unconscious. Nash explained that various elements were symbolic: the self-regarding hawk belongs to the material world, while the spheres reflected in the mirror refer to the soul. Typically, Nash set this scene on the coast of Dorset, unearthing the uncanny within the English landscape.

September 2013

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