Nash began experimenting with photography from 1930 onwards. In this photomontage from around 1936, he uses images of found objects juxtaposed to powerful effect. Heavily influenced by the surrealists’ interest in the symbolic value of objects, Nash’s Swanage
depicts a world that is both familiar and deeply strange. He identified a particularly surreal atmosphere in the town, which remained one of his favourite places throughout his life.
40 x 58.1 cm
Graphite, watercolour and photographs, black and white, on paper
Date of work
Original: Graphite, watercolour and photographs, black and white, on paper 40 x 58.1 cm Tate. Purchased 1973 © 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.