Back From The Front Presents: Brothers In Art: John And Paul Nash
19 July – 14 September 2014
A unique opportunity to see the work of the two siblings side-by-side.
In November 1913 the brothers' paintings were shown in a joint exhibition at the Dorien Leigh Gallery in London. It was after this Paul proclaimed they were ‘quite the rising young men.’
The brothers shared a unique way of looking at the land; their art returning to fields, woodlands and shorelines throughout their careers. Paul, however, went on to experiment with abstraction and surrealism, while John became known for his botanical illustrations, wood engravings and still lifes.
Beginning in 1913 the exhibition explores the brothers different artistic paths through their shared affection for landscape. Key to the narrative is the fact that both worked as official war artists during both the World Wars and this dramatically impacted how they saw and felt about the countryside. Emotions continue to linger in their works many years later, reflected in the use of dark colours and claustrophobic compositions.
The exhibition includes a number of rarely seen works from private collections, which capture the pecularities of the English landscape; from prehistoric sites, burial mounds, hill forts and ancient copses. Some of their most familiar works are also represented, such as John Nash's The Cornfield and Paul's Druid Landscape.