The Hidden Emotion Behind a Masterpiece of War

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Paul Nash served as an official artist in the Second World War. His painting Totes Meer, German for ‘dead sea’, was inspired by a graveyard for wrecked aircraft at Cowley in Oxfordshire. Journalist Simon Grant visits the site to explore the origins of this work and discovers that as well as being a compelling memorial to the ravages of war, it may symbolise a more personal history of lost love.