About this artwork

Adnams was particularly influenced by the surrealist artists Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Paul Nash. This painting shows the influence of Dalí in the delicate application of the paint. Painted in the aftermath of World War II, the artist alludes to the unfathomable amount of death and destruction that the conflict brought in the skull and barbed wire. Set at the English seaside, Adnams has included a ribbon tied in a bow around the animal skull, suggesting it is a gift or a sacrifice, perhaps for the freedom of Britain’s shores. However, skulls and barbed wire were also standard surrealist motifs and their inclusion may purely be Admans’ exploration of peculiar objects juxtaposed in unrelated environments.

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Marion Adnams

Marion Adnams