Nash was a passionate champion of modernism, and played a key role in shaping the movement in Britain. Voyages of the Moon
reflects his experiments with both surrealism and abstraction during the 1930s. Inspired by the globe ceiling lamps reflected in the mirrored walls of a restaurant in Toulon, France, the painting’s abstract geometric shapes create a strange, dreamlike interior.
Voyages of the Moon
71.1 x 54 cm
Oil paint on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas, 71.1 x 54 cm Tate. Purchased 1951 © 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.