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John Nash : Artist and Countryman

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'This large and generously illustrated book should do much to revive the reputation of an exceptional and unjustly neglected artist' - The Spectator

The first full-length monograph of the artist John Nash covering all aspects of his career

John Nash (1893-1977) is the quintessential 20th century painter of the English countryside, but his remarkable achievement has for too long been overshadowed by the more public persona of his older brother Paul. Yet when we want to summon up an image of an idyllic summer's day, it is John's 1919 painting The Cornfield. Nash began as a watercolour painter, and the medium remained his mainstay throughout a long career.

He also worked regularly in oil paint, and his two great World War I paintings, Oppy Wood and Over the Top, both in the Imperial War Museum, are early examples of his success with this very different technique. An immensely skilled draughtsman, Nash turned this linear expertise to good effect in his wood engravings. He also excelled at comic drawing.

Nash knew and understood the English landscape in the way of someone who actually lived and worked in it (hence Lambirth’s subtitle), and he made regular excursions in search of what he called ‘good bits’ — in the words of his friend Ronald Blythe, ‘some twist and turn in the land, some drawing together of elm and oak or, favourite of all, some old quarry or working springing its surprises below the cultivated surface’..

  • Author: Andrew Lambirth
  • Hardcover: 256 pages | 200 colour illustrations
  • Date published: October 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1916495708
  • Product Dimensions: 31.1 x 24.7 cm

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