‘Boredom’ Wood Engraving by Paul Nash


Artist(s): Paul Nash
Medium: Wood Engraving
Framed: no
Print Size: 13.5cm (h) x 9.5cm (w)
Paper Size: 19cm (h) x 12.5cm (w)

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Original wood engraving by Paul Nash (1928). From an edition of 45. This is one of the trial proofs taken from the original block in the V & A by Ian Mortimer for Garton and Cooke in 1985.

‘Abd-er-Rhaman, bored with life, sits disconsolately, even ignoring the peacock, symbol of immortality, that struts proudly before him. The river of life flows all around Abd-er-Rhaman, but the drooping branches of the fruit-laden trees on his island more closely reflect his mood. At the final stage of his journey Abd-er-Rhaman’s “eternal round of pleasure” is at an end, and we learn that “the wisest thing to creative at the end of our mortal journey is… the stillness of sleep.”‘


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