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  • In the late 1920s Paul Nash produced a series of paintings where a single, often mysterious object dominates the composition. In Souvenir of Florence, Nash represents a vast amphora which he had seen in Florence’s railway station in 1925 and was sufficiently impressed with to sketch for future reference. Four years later he used it in a surrealist setting, apparently floating above the river Arno with the Ponte Vecchio glimpsed in the background. The reflection of a faceless man and woman eating in a restaurant is caught in the amphora’s polished surface. As a container for wine, the amphora and its restaurant setting hint at the sensory pleasures of the body. Yet, the apparent distance between the couple and the urn-like quality of the amphora also evoke a melancholy quality, suggestive of isolation and even death.
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  • In the late 1920s Paul Nash produced a series of paintings where a single, often mysterious object dominates the composition. In Souvenir of Florence, Nash represents a vast amphora which he had seen in Florence’s railway station in 1925 and was sufficiently impressed with to sketch for future reference. Four years later he used it in a surrealist setting, apparently floating above the river Arno with the Ponte Vecchio glimpsed in the background. The reflection of a faceless man and woman eating in a restaurant is caught in the amphora’s polished surface. As a container for wine, the amphora and its restaurant setting hint at the sensory pleasures of the body. Yet, the apparent distance between the couple and the urn-like quality of the amphora also evoke a melancholy quality, suggestive of isolation and even death.
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  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Andrew Causey, Paul Nash, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1980, pp. 154, 157, pl. 187, NJ18 N17 A12 C38 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels], Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Paul Mellon's legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels], Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Paul Nash, paintings and watercolours [exhibition, Tate Gallery, 12 November - 28 December 1975]., Tate Publishing, London, 1975, p. 76, no. 116, NJ18 N17 T37 (YCBA)
  • Dimension height :: 68.6cm
  • Dimension width :: 43.8cm
  • Exhibition :: 2016 Installation YCBA - 201
  • Exhibition :: 20th Century Paintings and Sculpture
  • Exhibition :: Connections
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 007, Sc 45
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: painting
  • Subject Concept :: abstract art
  • Subject Concept :: amphora
  • Subject Concept :: architectural subject
  • Subject Concept :: bridge (built work)
  • Subject Concept :: ceramic
  • Subject Concept :: cityscape
  • Subject Concept :: figure
  • Subject Concept :: reflection
  • Subject Concept :: restaurant
  • Subject Concept :: river
  • Subject Concept :: souvenir
  • Subject Concept :: still life
  • Subject Place :: Arno
  • Subject Place :: Florence
  • Subject Place :: Italy
  • Subject Place :: Ponte Vecchio
  • Subject Place :: Toscana
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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  • Souvenir of Florence
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