Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for Nash

British artist Paul Nash produced some stunning images reflecting on the brutality of war.  He enlisted in WWI and was sent to the Western Front trenches.  There he broke a rib from an accident and was sent back to England to recover.  Due to his broken rib he was absent from the Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres in 1917), where basically his entire company was killed.  After his recovery he returned to Ypres, which was then a desolate wasteland.

We Are Making a New World, 1918

The Menin Road, 1919

Wire, 1918

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  1. I *adore* your beaded N, such beautiful colours and I love the shape of the beads you've used :)

    I'm not as keen on the paintings today, but that's the beauty of paintings, some speak to you and some don't.

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  2. Hi Mars,

    I am not a super huge fan of Nash, but his story was interesting to me. The fact that happenstance saved his life. He wrote this to his wife from the front in 1917.

    "I am no longer an artist interested and curious, I am a messenger who will bring back word from the men who are fighting to those who want the war to go on for ever. Feeble, inarticulate, will be my message, but it will have a bitter truth, and may it burn their lousy souls."

    I meant to include that quote in the post but got rushed and forgot.

    Thanks for your visit!


  3. I love the N you did! Don't care much for the Nash's art...doesn't seem like he liked pretty colours.

  4. So glad I found your blog! New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge, and I look forward to visiting again.



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