'thorough and tremendously powerful' - The Evening Standard
Paul Nash was a British surrealist painter as well as a photographer, writer and designer of applied art. He is also known for his work as an official war artist and produced some of the most memorable images of the First and Second World Wars.
This catalogue, published for the 2016 Tate's exhibition - the largest Nash show in a generation - features works from across four decades of his rich career and is the first book to examine Nash's work in an international context and his work promoting the avant-garde styles of abstraction and surrealism in the 1920s and 1930s.
The richly illustrated book traces Nash's response to the British countryside, the evolving importance of motifs and his engagement with surrealism and abstraction. Alongside beautiful reproductions of his works, there is a wealth of archival material and provides a timely survey of a significant artist.
One of the Spectator's 2017 books of the year.
- Author: Emma Chambers, Curator, Modern British Art, Tate Modern
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Date published: October 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1849764919
- Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 21.0 cm
★★★★ 'thorough and tremendously powerful' - The Evening Standard
★★★★ 'one of the year’s essential exhibitions' - Telegraph
★★★★ 'pain, wonder and inescapable menace' - Guardian
'a marvellous revelation' - Culture Whisper
'It makes it clear that Nash, who served in the trenches at Ypres in his twenties, was one of the finest war artists of his or any period. ‘The Menin Road’ of 1919 is a masterpiece. So is the eloquent and grim ‘Totes Meer’, painted almost 20 years later. What he saw was, as he said, ‘unspeakable, utterly indescribable’, and he confronted it directly on canvases whose disciplined rhythms and cool pale colours somehow intensify the horror and squalor of the devastation he painted.' - Spectator
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