Nash and his wife visited Toulon in the south of France in 1930, staying in a hotel overlooking the harbour. This painting reflects the influence of surrealism on Nash’s work during the inter-war period. The image of a ship sailing through the couple’s bedroom was inspired by the reflection of harbour activity in a large mirror on the wall.
Harbour and Room
91.4 x 71.1 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.