Copyright 2018 Southampton City Art Gallery All rights reserved

In Storage

Paul Nash (1889-1946)

Landscape of the Malvern Distance

Paul Nash studied at the Slade before serving with the Hampshire Regiment and as an Official War Artist during the First World War. He became one of the most significant figures in post-war British art as he sought to combine his interest in Surrealism and abstraction with his love of the English landscape.

Nash was fascinated by the idea of spirit of place and made intense connections with favourite locations. Paintings like this one, made at the end of this life, are charged by his sense of approaching mortality and fascination with nature's cycle of decay and renewal. Nash's poor health would not allow him to walk far so he used binoculars to bring landscape features closer, in this case the Malvern Hills viewed from a friend's house.

Medium oil on board
Date 1943
Dimensions 559mm x 762mm
Acquisition Number SOTAG : 1353
Credit Line Purchased in 1947 through the Chipperfield Bequest Fund

Other works by this artist