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The Menin Road
Photo credit: IWM (Imperial War Museums)

The Menin Road 1919

Paul Nash (1889–1946)

IWM (Imperial War Museums)

(b London, 11 May 1889; d Bournemouth, Hampshire, 11 July 1946). English painter, book illustrator, writer, photographer, and designer. Nash was one of the most individual British artists of his period, taking a distinguished place in the English tradition of deep attachment to the countryside whilst at the same time responding imaginatively to European modernism. He saw himself as a successor of William Blake and Turner. After training at the Slade School he served in the First World War, was wounded, and worked as an Official War Artist, his work including some powerful views of the pitted and shattered landscape of No Man's Land that rank among the most memorable images of the conflict (We Are Making a New World, 1918, Imperial War Mus., London).

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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