Towards the end of his life, Nash produced a series of pictures featuring what he called ‘aerial flowers’ that reflected both his fascination with flying and his abiding interest in the natural world. This picture began with a sketch he made in 1943 of a magnolia flower given to him by a friend. In keeping with the artist’s belief in the life-force of objects, he later said he “felt quite certain it had a more important destiny”.
Flight of the Magnolia
51.1 x 76.2 cm
Oil paint on canvas
Date of work
Paul Nash was fascinated with Britain’s ancient past and spent time in southern England exploring the downs and coastal areas. Equally inspired by the equinox and the phases of the moon, he used all these influences in his work, interpreting his environment according to a unique, personal mythology, evolving throughout his career.