Paul Nash: late works

Many of Paul Nash's last works were landscapes featuring the Wittenham Clumps, two wooded hills in south Oxfordshire. They held a mystical association for him that dated back to his childhood. "Ever since I remember them the Clumps had meant something to me. I felt their importance long before I knew their history. They were the pyramids of my small world."
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Landscape of The Vernal Equinox III (1944) by Paul Nash. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Nash painted three versions of this view of the Wittenham Clumps from Boars Hill. They show the vernal (or spring) equinox, with the sun and moon depicted simultaneously in the sky. The paintings were intended as "transcendental conceptions", poetic metaphors, referring to the mystery and magic of the perpetual cycles of nature.

Landscape of the Vernal Equinox III, Paul Nash, "Wittenham Clumps as the perfect setting for the equinox.a landscape of the imagination", England

Landscape of The Moon's Last Phase (1944 ) by Paul Nash

Landscape of the Moon’s Last Phase, Paul Nash, one of his paintings of Wittenham Clumps in South Oxfordshire

Paul Nash in his studio with two versions of 'Landscape of the Vernal Equinox', circa 1944

Paul Nash holding up two Paintings of Wittenham Clumps in his Studio

Landscape of the Malvern Distance (1943) by Paul Nash

Landscape of the Malvern Distance by Paul Nash

Landscape of the Wittenham Clumps (1946) by Paul Nash. Pencil and grey wash, one of Nash's last works.

Paul Nash ~ landscape of the Wittenham Clumps pencil and wash on paper 1946

Landscape of the Bagley Woods (1943) by Paul Nash

Landscape of the Bagley Woods Paul Nash

Landscape of the Brown Fungus (1943) by Paul Nash. Fungi, rows of cypress trees and the woods of the Wittenham Clumps seen from Boars Hill.

Landscape of the Brown Fungus by Paul Nash. Fungi, rows of cypress trees and the woods of the Wittenham Clumps seen from Boars Hill.

Paul Nash with Landscape of the Vernal Equinox, circa 1944

Paul Nash: the artist in words and pictures

Paul Nash with Landscape of the Vernal Equinox, circa 1944

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