Paul Nash

Paul Nash
(1889 - 1946)

Long admired as one of the outstanding English Landscape painters of the 20th Century, his works are found in all the major art institutions of Great Britain. Often people have tried to pigeon hole Nash in certain movements but his work is so vast and so progressive that he is often burdened with more than one group. Nash' landscapes in the '30s and '40s had him linked with the Neo-Romantic movement which boasts some illustrious members such as, Graham Sutherland, John Piper, John Minton and Michael Ayrton. Later it was the British Surrealists that Nash found himself included in and probably the most aptly so.

Educated at the Slade he soon found endless gallery's wanting to include his work, with the support of Fry and Rothenstein this was a very exciting time for Nash. The 1920s and 1930s were a period of experimentation for Nash as he moved into a form of semi-abstraction. in 1933 Nash brought together a group of artists called Unit One which albeit for a short period united surrealist and abstract tendencies. The group was short-lived, in fact, it lasted just two years, in its short term of fruition, it's ranks read like a who's who of British Art including such names as, Edward Burra, Tristam Hillier, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Wadsworth and Henry Moore.
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