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Paul Nash

Paul Nash (11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946) was a British surrealist painter and war artist, as well as a photographer, writer and designer of applied art. Nash was among the most important landscape artists of the first half of the twentieth century. He played a key role in the development of Modernism in English art.

Born in London, Nash grew up in Buckinghamshire where he developed a love of the landscape. He entered the Slade School of Art but was poor at figure drawing and concentrated on landscape painting. Nash found much inspiration in landscapes with elements of ancient history, such as burial mounds, Iron Age hill forts such as Wittenham Clumps and the standing stones at Avebury in Wiltshire. The artworks he produced during World War I are among the most iconic images of the conflict. After the war Nash continued to focus on landscape painting, originally in a formalized, decorative style but, throughout the 1930s, in an increasingly abstract and surreal manner. In his paintings he often placed everyday objects into a landscape to give them a new identity and symbolism.

During World War II, although sick with the asthmatic condition that would kill him, he produced two series of anthropomorphic depictions of aircraft, before producing a number of landscapes rich in symbolism with an intense mystical quality. These have perhaps become among the best known works from the period. Nash was also a fine book illustrator, and also designed stage scenery, fabrics and posters.
Wood on the Downs
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Wood on the Downs

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Northern Adventure

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Plage

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

The Edge of the Wood

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape of the Megaliths

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Druid Landscape

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

The Diving Stage

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Eclipse of the Sunflower

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Oxenbridge Pond

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape of the Moon's First Quarter

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

November Moon

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Coronilla

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Michaelmas Landscape

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

The Rye Marshes, East Sussex

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Granary

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Pink Hyacinth

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Nest of the Siren

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Event on the Downs

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Riviera Window, Cros-de-Cagnes

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Through a Window, Riviera

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

St Pancras, London

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Wounded, Passchendaele

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Sandling Park, Kent

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Nocturnal Landscape

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Whiteleaf Cross

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape of the Malvern Distance

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Dymchurch, Kent

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

A Howitzer Firing

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Spring in the Trenches, Ridge Wood, 1917

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

The Menin Road

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Battle of Britain

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Defence of Albion

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Battle of Germany

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Nostalgic Landscape

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Cloudscape

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Berkshire Landscape

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape of the Vernal Equinox (III)

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Token

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape of the Brown Fungus

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Berkshire Downs

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

St Pancras Lilies

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape of the Moon's Last Phase

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Telecommunications

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Footballers Prefer Shell

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Bouquet

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Cactus

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Oxford During the War

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Cotswold Hills

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, Snow

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

March Landscape

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

The Pond at Souldern

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape of the Bagley Woods

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Behind the Inn

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape at Iden

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Blue House on the Shore

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Grotto in the Snow

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Pillar and Moon

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape from a Dream

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Totes Meer (Dead Sea)

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Voyages of the Moon

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Kinetic Feature

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Equivalents for the Megaliths

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Lares

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Harbour and Room

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Wittenham Clumps

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Flight of the Magnolia

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

'Modern Textiles'

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

The Stackyard

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

View R

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

The Window, Iver Heath

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Dead Spring

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Landscape Composition (Objects in Relation)

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Composition (Design for Today)

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

The Shore

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Circle of the Monoliths

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Still Life with Bog Cotton

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

View from a Window, Nice

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)