Paul NashSwanage c.1936

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Artist
Paul Nash (1889‑1946)
Title
Swanage
Date c.1936
MediumGraphite, watercolour and photographs, black and white, on paper
Dimensionssupport: 400 x 581 mm frame: 535 x 634 x 22 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1973
Reference
T01771
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: Ruin Lust

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Nash collected unusual, mostly natural, objects whose appearance conjured up strange associations.  This collage is made from his own photographs of such ‘found objects’. Both collage and found objects were often used by the Surrealists. They liked the juxtaposition of disparate elements in collage, and the element of chance inherent in ‘found objects’. The Victorian seaside town of Swanage was one of Nash’s favourite places. He said its combination of ‘beauty, ugliness and the power to disquiet’ held a ‘strange fascination’ that was a form of ‘natural surrealism’.

August 2004

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