I keep coming back to this picture by Paul Nash as it represents a fascinating paradox to me. Despite being singularly unresolved, stiff and unnatural in manner and - to coin a modern phrase - pretty ‘basic’; it is one of my favourite landscapes and a continuing source of inspiration. Perhaps we simply don’t find perfection very instructive.
The painting hangs in the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, but was once featured on a poster for Shell. Innocent times of course, but what a brave intersection between art and commerce. No ‘revisions’ I imagine.