At her launch, the most shocking and controversial art work aboard the Queen Mary was Edward Wadsworth's surrealistic painting "The Sea."
Wadsworth was born in 1889 and raised in the heavily industrialized north, both industrialization and engineering were major influences in all phases of his work. A major artist in the Vorticist movement, he gradually returned to a more surreal style between the world wars. The Tate says that , "Wadsworth travelled widely and became a founder-member of Unit one, a group dedicated to promoting the spirit of renewal in British art between the wars. He was selected for the Venice Biennale in 1940 and became an ARA in 1943." Wadsworth died in 1949.