Monday, 6 March 2017

A Return to Nash

It was with some excitement that I joined my friends Chris and Demus for a visit to see the superb Paul Nash exhibition at Tate Britain just before it closed yesterday. It was in fact my second visit and regular visitors here will no doubt be aware of my liking for Nash. 

The exhibition just blew me away - I was quite overwhelmed the first time, but on this second visit I was able to take it all in and let it flow over me. We had a fine leisurely lunch and a couple of pints before taking it all in and what a selection of his art - will there be another showing like this in my lifetime? I am not so sure. What I found incredible were that there were so many examples of his work I had just not seen before - from private collections of course, but what a joy to see them!

I thought the section on surrealism shone through - how so much ephemera and examples of his collage have survived is something we must give thanks for and what a sight to behold. Complimentary work by Eileen Agar, Ben Nicholson and Tristram Hillier as part of the Unit One group that was led by Nash were quite wonderful. 

As you can probably tell, it left an impression. Nash does all the time with me and I really love it that I keep finding little nuggets that are new to me - who wants to know everything in one hit? Not I. Long may I continue to stumble upon more gems by this lover of seaside surrealism.       

Paul Nash by Tom Studdard (Manchester Guardian & Evening News)

Paul Nash - Swanage (collage) 1936

Paul Nash - Pimlico Sands, River Severn

Paul Nash - Forest (1936-37)


Bureboyblog said...

Don't mind zander Nash Dickie

Bureboyblog said...

Where did zander come from? Subliminal forces at work. ...seeing as I have never caught one.

Dickie Straker said...

Great name that Zander Nash! I did catch one years ago where there were many and needed removing - only small. I ate it - one of the best tasting fish I have ever had in my life. TTFN Dickie