During the 1920s, Nash was increasingly interested in and inspired by the European avant-garde. He particularly admired the works of Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, a key influence on the surrealists. In this landscape of a rural scene at Iden in Sussex, Nash blends surrealist techniques – such as using a distorted perspective to emphasise the significance of objects – with his own visual language.
Landscape at Iden
Aftermath, Paul Nash
69.8 x 90.8 cm
Oil paint on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas, 69.8 x 90.8 cm Tate. Purchased 1939 © 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.