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Paul Nash: Landscape and the Life of Objects Hardcover – 17 May 2013


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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd; New edition edition (17 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848220960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848220966
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.9 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Andrew Causey has written extensively on 20th-century art and is the author of Paul Nash: Critical Study and Catalogue Raisonne and books on Edward Burra and Peter Lanyon. He has contributed to exhibition catalogues on Stanley Spencer, Andy Goldsworthy and other artists. He has selected works for exhibitions in Britain and abroad, including British Art in the Twentieth Century at the Royal Academy in 1987. He is Emeritus Professor of the History of Modern Art at Manchester University.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christopher H TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2013
This is an exceptional book. It is a considered, careful study of Nash's painting and drawing, anchored in a firm iconographical analysis of his recurring imagery.

Causey has gathered many many illustrations together in a way where he clearly shows how Nash worked with a repertoire of what were for him deeply meaningful motifs, & which the artist combined in different ways. The result probes this British modernist's indebtedness to Romanticism, and his efforts to draw out a transcendent undercurrent to his native environment - many readers will find this a thought-provoking and insightful meditation on Nash's contribution to the English imagination.

Presenting firm visual evidence based on the scrutiny of pictures, Causey doesn't say: he uses the illustrations to show. You see with your own eyes.

This makes for superlative art history. The writing is reader-friendly, probing, and most illuminating - and the book's design is magnificent. Lots of illustrations, all in colour, and filling up those big pages, too.

Of course, these is still a definite place for Roger Cardinal's thematic exploration The Landscape Vision of Paul Nash; but when it comes to Paul Nash himself, his imaginative life, and the ideas driving his Neo-Romanticism, this is THE book. Every art library must have a copy.

(Fans of this Nash book will probably also appreciate Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Symbolist Landscape in Europe 1880-1910 which traces the earlier artistic tradition that his works build upon.)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2013
You have to admire any artist capable of carving out a niche for themselves successfully. Paul Nash was an English landscape-based Surrealist. In this book, Nash' character is revealed as well as his own personal mythology. His art is deeply personal, perhaps deeply English. The artist's book illustration work and writings have been taken into account to provide a wider view of the artist in the context of literature and poetry. The book is amply illustrated with over 100 colour images. The opening chapter concentrates on Nash as a painter-poet with supporting illustrations. Stylistically they belong to the Arts and Crafts Movement. The book is worth buying for this section alone. Landscapes of the Mind explores Nash's early landscapes, mainly in ink. War and Aftermath looks at the work made during the war when after being injured, Nash spent time on the reserve line and found the opportunity to draw. A New Vision looks at the symbolism in Nash' work. Mansions of the Dead deals with the illustrations and wood engravings Nash produced after the war. Standing Stones looks at modernism as it became part of Nash' work. The Life of an Inanimate Object charts Nash' involvement with the Shell Guides and his travels in Dorset. Sunflower and The Sun is concerned with Nash's work as a war artist, covering the Second World War. This is for me, Nash' best work.

On the whole the illustrations of Nash' work are one the small side, but they are beautifully reproduced and the text is engaging. The text is well supported by quotations and insights. If you love Nash' work, you will enjoy this book. If you want to get to know the artist better, this is the book for you.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By blackbird on 4 Jun. 2013
Although this book is not full of large and impressive illustrations, the examples Causey has used are not frequently reproduced elsewhere and offer new insight into Nash's work. The body of the text uses new methods and ways of looking at art, incorporating new material on Nash in a novel and inspiring way. Another successful number from Causey and an absolute must have for those interested in Nash.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frances Malthouse on 4 Jan. 2014
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Bought as a gift and recipient was more than pleased with content and illustrations best book read on Paul Nash.
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