Paul Nash, 'The Combat' or 'Angel and Devil'

Paul Nash, 'The Combat' or 'Angel and Devil'

Paul Nash (1889-1946)
'The Combat' or 'Angel and Devil'
1910
Pencil, ink and wash
Given by the Paul and Margaret Nash Trust, in accordance with the wishes of Margaret Nash
Museum no. P.16-1962

The mysteries associated with the night fascinated Nash. He explored the notion that sometimes only the trees witnessed events that took place after dark. In an accompanying poem Nash described this scene as:

A place of gibbet-shapen trees and black abyss

A dread place seen only in dreams