Follow the Fuhrer Above the Clouds, 1942

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM ART LD 7226
Department
Art and Popular Design
Production date
1942
Subject period
Materials
  • Support: paper
  • medium: Watercolour
  • medium: Pencil
  • medium: collage
Dimensions
  • Support: Height 395 mm, Width 574 mm
  • Mount Board: Depth 3 mm, Height 399 mm, Width 577 mm
  • Frame: Depth 40 mm, Height 623 mm, Width 800 mm
Alternative names
  • object category: drawing
Creator
Category
art
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUMS

© IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 7226)

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Object description

image: a surreal depiction of a squadron of German aircraft flying over a sunlit cloudscape, accompanied by a huge flying shark.

Label

In the Second World War, Nash realised that propaganda required a new form of presentation, and subsequently experimented with collage and montage to create more powerful images. The work is very similar to Max Ernst's 'Here Everything is Still Floating'. The collage was eventually rejected by the Ministry of Information much to Nash's disappointment.

Physical description

Lined watercolour painting/ collage, hinged along the top edge to a sheet of conservation mount board. Shark image is printed and has been adhered to top centre of watercolour.

Inscription

Paul Nash

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Follow the Führer

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