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Sunrise, Inverness Copse

Nash, Paul1918

Imperial War Museums
Imperial War Museums

This drawing formed the basis for Paul Nash's famous oil painting, 'We are Making a New World' (IWM ART 1146). Inverness Copse was a bitterly contested area of the Battle of Paschendaele in 1917. Nash captures the savage destruction wrought upon the landscape by picturing the shattered stumps of the former copse transformed into a vast cemetery of natural forms. The weak sunlight of the new dawn that illuminates the scene offers some hope of future redemption, but this is refuted by Nash’s own feelings that on the Western Front “sunset and sunrise are blasphemies, they are mockeries to man.”

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  • Title: Sunrise, Inverness Copse
  • Creator: Nash, Paul
  • Date Created: 1918
  • Location: Inverness Copse, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium
  • related people or organisations: St Martin's Cathedral, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium
  • period: First World War
  • Subject: landscape,  natural phenomena/time/weather,  bomb damage,  British Army 1914-1918,  Western Front 1914-1918
  • Physical Dimensions: w355 x h254 mm (unframed)
  • Type: drawing
  • External Link: Imperial War Museum website
  • Medium: ink

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