Exeter’s Fine Art heads to York
26 September 2017
A haunting anti-war picture from Exeter’s Fine Art collection will feature in an exhibition at York Art Gallery starting 20 October. The picture, Don’t forget the Diver mixed media 1942, is one of Paul Nash’s ground-breaking inter-war landscapes which transformed British landscape painting.
The artist: Paul Nash (1889-1946)
Paul Nash was a British surrealist painter and war artist. He was also a photographer, writer and designer of applied art and was among the most important landscape artists of the first half of the twentieth century.
Known for his depictions of the First and Second World Wars. He worked as official war artist in both wars. During this period, his work reflects his fierce sense of mission. His aim was not to avenge his fallen friends, but instead focuses on the futility of war. The artworks highlight his profound affinity with nature, expressed by outrage at its violation through war.
The painting: Don’t forget the Diver
Don’t forget the Diver shows the striking image of a mine in a desolate landscape devoid of life. Nash juxtaposes the collaged mine with the haunting image of a skull leaving no doubt as to the destruction and loss of life war causes. It can be seen at York Art Gallery in the exhibition, Paul Nash and the Uncanny Landscape: An Exhibition Curated by John Stezaker from 20 October 2017 to 15 April 2018.
Exeter’s Fine Art
RAMM’s art collection is rich and varied. It consists of over 7,000 paintings, prints, drawings, watercolours, miniatures and sculptures, dating from the 1400s to the present day. The collection includes donations from individuals, bequests and purchases. An exhibition of Modern art from the collection starts at RAMM from 12 September.
Exeter’s fine art collection can be explored on RAMM’s online collections database.