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Nash: The Messerschmidt in Windsor Great Park (custom print)
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          The Messerschmidt in Windsor Great Park, 1940
          Paul Nash
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          Original: Pastel, graphite and watercolour on paper 40 x 57.8 cm Tate. Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946 © Tate

          Nash was appointed an official war artist for the second time in 1940. Although he was no longer affiliated with surrealism at this point, his war time landscapes reflect the continued influence of the movement. This drawing is one of a series he made of crashed German aircraft; he saw the wrecked planes as ‘enchanting monsters’ in the midst of the English countryside.

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          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.

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