Paul Nash
Totes Meer (Dead Sea) 1940–1

Artwork details

Artist
Paul Nash 1889–1946
Title
Totes Meer (Dead Sea)
Date 1940–1
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1016 x 1524 mm
frame: 1170 x 1680 x 97 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05717
Not on display

Display caption

This painting, the title of which is German for ‘dead sea’, was inspired by a dump of wrecked aircraft at Cowley in Oxfordshire. Nash based the image on photographs he took there, a few of which are on display nearby.The artist described the sight: ‘The thing looked to me suddenly, like a great inundating sea ... the breakers rearing up and crashing on the plain. And then, no: nothing moves, it is not water or even ice, it is something static and dead.’

May 2007