Mrs Eveleigh Nash, The Mall, London, 1953
© Inge Morath/ Magnum Photos

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Mrs Eveleigh Nash, The Mall, London, 1953 1953
This is a very elegant composition, with an element of surrealism. It seems to have two perspectives and two vanishing points - the avenue of trees and the little figures on the left inhabit another world from the terrace of the houses on the right. The wealthy Mrs Eveleigh Nash in the foreground is, unexpectedly, shown as a shy woman. The two men in conversation walking by and the distant figures on the left are not so much a background as other lives being lived at the same time.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Perspective

The principle of representing depth on a flat surface so that items further away from the eye appear smaller and parallel lines appear to converge.

Surrealism

A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Vanishing point

In perspective, the point at which receding parallel lines converge.

Composition, Perspective, Surrealism, Vanishing point

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP 281.1
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 40.60 x 50.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2001