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Paul Nash

(1889—1946) painter


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(1889–1946)

British landscape painter.

Nash was born in London and educated at St Paul's School; unlike his brother John Nash (1893–1977), who became an artist without formal training, he went on to study at the Slade School of Art. In his final year there (1912) he had his first one-man exhibition. His water-colour landscapes had a poetic character, which derived from a powerful sense of the personality of place. Their style seemed to be influenced by Cézanne but was completely individual. During World War I he served in the Artists' Rifles and in 1917 as an official war artist. His direct and powerful pictures of the frightful landscapes of the front created an enormous impression. Nash also began to paint in oils from this time. From 1928 the influence of surrealism reinforced his sense of the ominous mystery of landscape and of objects. As a war artist again in 1940 he depicted combat in the air. His final landscapes, such as Vernal Equinox (1943) and the Sunflower series, are remarkable for their strange visionary quality.

Subjects: Art — History.


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