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

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