Paul Nash
The Pyramids in the Sea 1912

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Paul Nash 1889–1946
The Pyramids in the Sea
Date 1912
Medium Ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 336 x 298 mm
frame: 550 x 488 x 15 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1973
Not on display

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This is one of Nash’s first imaginative drawings, produced when he was twenty-three. The mood recalls the spiritual landscapes of William Blake. It has been suggested that for Nash, as for Blake, the pyramid was a symbol of the ascent from the earthbound to the spiritual realm, or from chaos to form. Nash described this work as ‘a queer drawing’ and commented on its ‘uncanny eclipsed moonlight’. This strangeness may anticipate the mood of his later Surreal works.

September 2004

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