Paul Nash

My 2014 drawing of Paul Nash. An interesting figure in 20th Century British art, who survived World War 1 by falling and breaking a rib, thereby missing out on a suicidal charge through No Man’s Land that saw off hundreds of his men. The war cast a shadow throughout the rest of his life, and exposure to mustard gas while in the trenches contributed to his relatively early death, but he managed to fuse the English lanscape tradition with aspects of several modernist tendencies that went through the art world during his lifetime. His canvasses while lacking the technical competence of some of his contemporaries, have a raw power that makes the best ones still effective today.

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