'Wire' by Paul Nash (1918). We assume that it is winter from the degraded palette, but it could just be the winter of the soul – war allows no other season than that of desolation. There is a long tradition in Western landscape art of decaying tree stumps as symbols of destroyed civilisations. In sixteenth and seventeenth-century landscapes such signs of decay signify renewal, but in this modern work about the horrors of war, rebirth has been suspended.
Nash, Paul (1889-1946) - 1917-18 The Ypres Salient at Night (Imperial War Museum, London) Oil on canvas; 71.1 x 91.4 cm. Paul Nash, British painter, printmaker, illustrator, and photographer who achieved recognition for the war landscapes he painted during both world wars. Nash studied at the Slade School. Appointed an official war artist by the British government in 1917, he created scenes of war in a semi-abstract landscape manner
This summer, the Tower Of London will be surrounded by a sea of crimson. This installation, conceived by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, will commemorate each and every British or Colonial fatality from World War 1 by planting 888, 246 red ceramic poppies in a flowing sea around the tower.