{{selectedLanguage.Name}}
Sign In Sign out
×

Dead Sea

Paul Nash

Dead Sea

Paul Nash
  • Original Title: Totes Meer
  • Date: 1940 - 1941
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Dimensions: 102 x 152 cm

This painting, the title of which is German for ‘dead sea’, was made during the first half of the Second World War. It was inspired by a wrecked aircraft dump at Cowley in Oxfordshire. Nash based the image on photographs he took there. 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. … nothing moves, it is not water or even ice, it is something static and dead.’ He created an unsettling atmosphere by setting the scene at night and including a solitary owl in flight.

More ...