On 26 October 2016, the Tate Britain opened the long-awaited Paul Nash, billed as the largest exhibition of the artist’s work for a generation.
Paul Nash is one of the most distinctive and important British artists of the twentieth century. Renowned as a war artist in both the First and Second World Wars, the exhibition highlights other aspects of Nash’s work, from his earliest drawings through to his final visionary landscapes. Paul Nash covers all the significant developments of Nash’s career, from his early Symbolist watercolours exploring the mystic life-force of trees and the powerful shattered landscapes of the First World War, to the visionary landscpes of the Oxfordshire Wittenham Clumps made towards the end of his life.
The exhibition is the first to examine Nash’s position at the centre of developments in British modernism and his dialogues with international artists as one of the leading figures in British surrealism. A founding member of the British modernist group of painters, sculptors and architects known as the Unit One group, Nash held close reltionships with its members, which included John Armstrong, Barbara Hepworth, Tristram Hillier, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore and Edward Wadsworth. The exhibition shows Nash's contributions to major exhibitions of the 1930s, such as the International Surrealist Exhibition of 1936 and the Unit One exhibition which toured across the UK in 1934-5.
Paul Nash is curated by Emma Chambers and Inga Fraser, and is open at Tate Britain until 5 March 2017. For more information, visit the Tate's website.
The display Paul Nash: A Gallery Selection is now showing at Piano Nobile for an extended period, until 18 November 2016.