This luminous and deeply atmospheric early drawing introduces some of the themes that would occupy Nash throughout his life. He continued to use moonlight to create dreamlike nocturnal worlds – strange landscapes of the mind – in many pictures over the following years. This fantastical vision, of two pyramids adrift in a rolling sea, anticipates the ideas of surrealism which would so influence his later works.
The Pyramids in the Sea
33.6 x 29.8 cm
Ink 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.