This painting by John Tunnard was created a year before the end of WWII. Though Tunnard opposed the war, he worked as a fisherman for a short time before volunteering to support the coastguard during the war. The shapes in this painting appear to show a ship–the white scribbles look like masts. This painting was perhaps the result of his experience during the war. Aside from being a painter Tunnard was a jazz drummer. He was inspired by the rhythm of the music, which he incorporated visually into his paintings.

“Till, with a roar of wings that churned

The shivering shoals to foam,

Flight after flight took air and turned –

To find a safer home;

And far below their steadfast wedge,

They heard (and hastened on)

Men thresh and clamour through the sedge

Aghast that they were gone!”

-Rudyard Kipling, Flight

John Tunnard (1901-1971), Flight (1944)

Tags: War, Surrealism