Painted in 1928, the year of Giorgio de Chirico’s first London exhibition, Lares
shows the influence surrealism was beginning to exert on the artist. Nash admired the Italian artist’s use of architectural elements and multiple overlapping planes to create magical, dreamlike scenes. The title refers to the Roman deities associated with the home and the fireplace is based on the one in Nash’s own home.
70.8 x 40.6 cm
Oil paint on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 70.8 x 40.6 cm Tate. Bequeathed by W.N. Sherratt 1980 © 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.