In the early 1930s, Nash embraced modernism with renewed enthusiasm. He co-founded the avant-garde group Unit One with Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, championing modernism in Britain. Kinetic Feature
is – unusually for Nash – neither a landscape nor an interior, but rather a work of almost total abstraction in which he brings a sense of movement to a gauzy, dreamlike composition.
66 x 50.8 cm
Oil paint on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 66 x 50.8 cm Tate. Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965 © Tate
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.