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The paintings of Paul Nash

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The paintings of Paul Nash

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The paintings of Paul Nash

The work of artist Paul Nash is at once English and European. He was inspired by nature and the mysteries of Ancient Britain, painting sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury again and again, hoping to capture their spirit.  To read more about Stonehenge, click here.  At a retrospective in 1948, shortly after his death, one critic described him as a “native genius who understood his England in terms of Blake’s Albion”. On the other hand, he helped pioneer the European movements of abstraction and surrealism in his work, and founded the influential modern art movement Unit One, with Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, in 1933.

Nash is also well-known for his work as an official war artist in both the first and second world wars, where he poignantly captured the brutality and suffering he saw. Nash’s paintings are extraordinary, imaginative works which have an emotional impact as well as an artistic one. If you haven’t seen his paintings before, start by taking a look at Totes Meer (Dead Sea).  You can view his paintings at the Tate Galleries, the Walker (Liverpool) and the Imperial War Museum, to name a few.


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Paul Nash (1889-1946) is one of the greatest painters England has ever produced, and his images of the English landscape produced in the interwar years and during the Second World War encapsulate a timeless 'dream of England'. As an artist he lived in this dream, exploring the landscape and its often surreal appearance, creating an art that was both modern as well as strangely romantic. His paintings and drawings of the Neolithic stone circle at Avebury, or the Wittenham Clumps hill fort in Oxfordshire convey an idealised sense of what the English landscape is.

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My nomination is the garden shed.

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