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This week's art talk was about the paintings of Paul Nash relating to the exhibition at Tate Britain. I'm really enjoying these talks and have one more left to look forward to. Here are a few notes I made.
Paul Nash, born 1886 in London, came from a supportive middle class background, destined for the Navy to follow in his Grandfather's footsteps but found this didn't work out and left. He started with black and white pen and ink illustrations attending Chelsea College. His mother fell mentally ill which affected him deeply and he developed a concern with death throughout his life. His family moved to Buckinghamshire to aid her health so he commuted and while cycling used to have visions.
|The Wood on the Hill 1912|
He started exhibiting his work in 1912, mainly landscapes as he hated life drawing. He met critic Gordon Bottomly and Sir William Blake Richardson who encouraged him. He went to the Slade where he met Ben Nicholson. He married Margaret Odeh before the war but was a philanderer however his wife was a pillar of strength throughout his life.
|The Menin Road 1918-19|
|Blue House on the Shore 1930-1|
In WW2 he became a war artist attached to the Air Ministry in order to paint the machines (monsters). His health got worse and he started to take photos to aid his work. He had a different attitude to the previous war.
|Totes Meer 1940-1 note the owl showing nature prevails despite the undulating sea of wreckage|
|Circle of Monoliths 1937-8|
|Landscape of the Summer Solstice 1943|
All photos have come from the internet and there's a lot more detailed information available.
I'm linking this post to Barbara's Paint Monthly link-up.