[12] John Nash

John Nash, the younger brother of Paul Nash, is a British painter of landscape and still lives also a wood engraver and illustrator, particularly of botanic works.

After the First World War, Nash’s efforts went mainly into painting landscapes.Eric Newton, the art historian said of him ‘ if I wanted a foreigner to understand the mood of a typical English landscape I would show him Nash’s best watercolours. Emotions, however, concerning the war continued to linger for many years; and this was depicted in his landscape painting. This is particularly evident in The Moat, Grange Farm, Kimble, oil on canvas, exhibited in 1922. In this brooding landscape, the trees and their tendril-like branches envelop the entire picture plane.The dark subtle colours and evening light give the painting a claustrophobic atmosphere. This painting completed a few years after the war, is characterised by a sense of bleak desolation that suggests the profound introspection that for many followed the devastation of the war. Although he had a great love of nature Nash often used natural subjects to convey powerful and sensitive thoughts concerning the human condition.

-sourced from The Tate/ Wikipedia

I really like his use of watercolour and mixed media, they portray an emotional view of the British landscape. His modern take on tree studies inspires me, particularly the oil painting ‘The Moat, Grange Farm, Kimble’ the reflections in the water are expressive and something I would consider doing for my windscreen reflections. His work show connotations in regard to mine, for example, the roads ahead and the perceptual field are similar to the work I have been doing. His rounded shapes depicting trees and clouds are strong and appear heavy. This could be due to his colour palette, for my paintings I want to use bright colours. Colours which elucidate my intimate relationship with the land I am travelling through, the trees with winding branches and narrow roads makes these landscapes seem more characterised by the artist’s own imaginations and thoughts.

Dorset Landscape c.1915 by John Nash 1893-1977
Paul Nash ‘Dorset Landscape’ 1915 413 x 387 mm watercolour, chalk and graphite on paper


The Lane exhibited 1923 by John Nash 1893-1977
Paul Nash ‘The Lane’ 1923 286 x 387 mm watercolour and drawing on paper


The Moat, Grange Farm, Kimble exhibited 1922 by John Nash 1893-1977
Paul Nash ‘The Moat, Grange Farm, Kimble’ 1922 762 x 508 mm oil paint on canvas
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Paul Nash ‘The Cornfield’ 1918 187 x 270 mm watercolour on paper



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