Following a nervous breakdown in 1921, which was attributed to his experiences during the First World War, Nash and his wife moved to rural Sussex where this this landscape was completed. Full of drama and movement, the scene – of trees and bushes being lashed by a gale – conveys a sense of vulnerability and menace.
Tench Pond in a Gale
57.7 x 39.9 cm
Ink, graphite and watercolour on paper
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.