- Spring in the Trenches, Ridge Wood, 1917-1918
- Paul Nash
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- Original: Oil paint on canvas, 60.9 x 50.8 cm © Tate Photo: ©IWM (Art.IWM 1154)
Transported from the quiet, tree-filled landscapes of rural Buckinghamshire to the trenches of the Ypres Salient in northern France, Nash was horrified by the “frightful nightmare” he witnessed there. He deployed the visual language he had developed in England – using natural phenomena to reflect human experience – to the ravaged environment. In this painting, the fragile, wasted trees reflect the fatigue of the soldiers in the foreground.
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