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Dead Spring

Photo credit: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

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This was completed just after the death of Nash's father in February 1929. The withered potted plant on the windowsill of his Judd Street flat is set within a matrix of geometrical shapes, including a set square and ruler, the tools of the draughtsman. It demonstrates Nash's love of contrast and odd juxtaposition, particularly the organic and the man-made. It has been suggested by the art historian Andrew Causey that the draughtsman's tools in this picture indicate a concept of the 'artist as geometer', who can gain some control over organic life.

Pallant House Gallery

Chichester


Date

1929

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 48.5 x W 40 cm

Accession number

CHCPH 0601

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Walter Hussey to Chichester District Council, 1985

Work type

Painting


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9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1TJ England

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