Paul NashPillar and Moon 1932-42

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Artist
Paul Nash (1889‑1946)
Title
Pillar and Moon
Date 1932-42
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 508 x 762 mm frame: 698 x 954 x 84 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Art Fund 1942
Reference
N05392
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: Ruin Lust

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Paul Nash was deeply affected by his experiences as a soldier and an artist during the First World War. This picture was based around ‘the mystical association of two objects which inhabit different elements and have no apparent relationin life... The pale stone sphere on top of a ruined pillar faces its counterpart the moon, cold and pale and solid as stone.’Though not explicitly about mourning, the deep, unpopulated space and ghostly lighting gives the scene a melancholy air. Rather than depict a real landscape, Nash said that his intention had been ‘to call up memories and stir emotions in the spectator’.

July 2007

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