Paul Nash

Void

1918
After being repatriated due to an injury while serving as a lieutenant in the British army during the First World War, Paul Nash became an official war artist in 1917. As a witness to the horrors of war, he was able to accurately document the terrible sights he had seen. Working from memory, he depicted the total devastation of war, effectively shocking the viewer's sensibilities. The dark, hellish scene portrayed here does not commemorate bravery in battle, but rather reveals the desolation, destruction, and terror of it.
Artist
Title
Void
Date
1918
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
71.4 x 91.7 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Transfer from the Canadian War Memorials, 1921
Accession number
8650