'Paul Nash in Pictures: Landscape and Dream' celebrates the life and work of Paul Nash (1889-1946), an artist of energy and vision who created iconic paintings of both world wars and explored in inimitable style the ideas and issues of the interwar years. After a period of neglect following his death, Nash's reputation is in the ascendant again, but though we appreciate the quality of his paintings, we have perhaps lost sight of their humanity.
Bringing a fresh eye to the artist's legacy, 'Paul Nash in Pictures: Landscape and Dream' goes behind the scenes of twenty-two paintings to explore Nash's life, the places and people he knew, and the times in which he lived. The book draws on diverse sources, from published books to correspondence, to create an intimate portrait of a passionate, funny, supremely imaginative artist.
In this, the first of two proposed books on Nash, we focus on the artist's oil paintings - the work in which he explored most thoroughly the ideas that preoccupied him. Well-known paintings like `The Battle of Britain' are included alongside pictures that are reproduced for the first time. A second volume will address the artist's watercolours, so that the two books together form a unique biography of Paul Nash - a life in pictures.