We are Making a New World
- Catalogue number
- Art.IWM ART 1146
- Art and Popular Design
- Production date
- Subject period
- Support: canvas
- medium: oil
- Support: Height 711 mm, Width 914 mm
- Frame: Depth 60 mm, Height 912 mm, Width 1105 mm
- Alternative names
- object category: painting
- IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
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image: The view over a desolate landscape with shattered trees, the earth a mass of shell holes. The sun hangs high in the sky, beams of light shining down through heavy, earth-coloured clouds.
This work, based on the drawing, 'Sunrise. Inverness Copse', is one of the most memorable images of the First World War. The title mocks the ambitions of the war, as the sun rises on a scene of the total desolation. The landscape has become un- navigable, unrecognisable and utterly barren. The mounds of earth act almost as gravestones amongst the death and desolation. Nash was looking for a new kind of symbolism divorced from the more traditional Symbolist principles. He realised that the ideas he had been presenting in a figurative way before the war could be more meaningful in pure landscape form.
This work, based on the drawing 'Sunrise: Inverness Copse', is one of the most memorable images of the First World War. The title mocks any ambitions of war, as the sun rises on a scene of total destruction. The landscape has become un-navigable, unrecognisable and utterly barren; the mounds of earth are gravestones to a recently departed world.
- Great Britain GB
- Germany (pre 1945 and post 1990) DE
- Inverness Copse, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium
- St Martin's Cathedral, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium
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