Brian Hunter

Brian Hunter

Posted on 08/15/2013

Photo taken on August 15, 2013

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Nash faces the devastation of the Front

Nash faces the devastation of the Front
Paul Nash only spent a brief time at the Slade; he wasn't much shakes at drawing people, which was absolutely central to the education dispensed there. Indeed he was almost pushed out of art altogether until he found his true skill as a landscape painter.

Nash had seen service briefly as an infantry officer before falling into a shell hole and damaging his ribs so badly that he was invalided out. He returned to the Front in uniform as part of one of the more unexpected artistic side-effects of the conflict- the War Artist scheme under which painters were commissioned (in both the financial and military senses of the term) to create art inspired by the war. Even the pacifist Gertler rather liked the idea, though in the end he did not participate in the scheme.

Nash did, painting almost apocalyptic images of devastation and destruction on the Ypres salient like this- a lanscape with a hint of Hieronymous Bosch about it