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WHAT IS NEO-ROMANTICISM ?
Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration
from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.
Characteristic themes in their work include a
mystical approach to the British landscape...
ENTRY: Nash, Paul
Paul Nash (b. May 11, 1889 – d. July 11, 1946) was an English war artist.
He was the son of a lawyer, and was schooled at St Paul's School and the Slade School of Art
(unlike his younger brother John, who became an artist without formal training). There he
met Stanley Spencer, Mark Gertler, William Roberts and
Christopher R. W. Nevinson. Influenced by the work of William Blake, Nash had one-man shows in
1912 and 1913.
At the outbreak of the First World War, Nash enlisted in the Artists' Rifles and was sent to the
Western Front. Nash, who took part in the offensive at Ypres, had reached the rank of lieutenant
in the Hampshire Regiment by 1916. Whenever possible, Nash made sketches of life in the trenches.
In May, 1917 he was invalided home after a non-military accident. While recuperating in
London, Nash worked from his sketches to produce a series of war paintings. This work was
well-received when exhibited later that year.
As a result of this exhibition, Charles Masterman, head of the government's War
Propaganda Bureau (WPB) recruited Nash as an official war artist. In November 1917 he
returned to the Western Front where he painted several more pictures.
During World War II Nash was employed by the Ministry of Information and the
Air Ministry, and paintings he produced during this period include the Battle of Britain and Totes Meer (Dead Sea).
Nash later found much inspiration in the ancient English landscape, particularly
landscapes with a sense of ancient history, such as burial mounds, Iron Age
hill forts such as Wittenham Clumps and the standing stones at Avebury and
Stonehenge. The neo-romanticism of Nash and Graham Sutherland updated the
style, adding a dash of surrealism and abstraction. Having established himself as an artist, Nash also undertook
Paul Nash died on July 11, 1946, at Boscombe, Hampshire.