ANGER FUELS AN ARTIST’ S VISION OF WAR

The Menin Road’, one of Paul Nash’s major war works, painted in 1919.
From recording the beauty of rural Britain, War Artist Paul Nash went on to reveal the true horrors of the Great War trenches.

Phil Jarman looks at how the First World War dramatically changed a talented landscape painter and his work.

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Paul Nash working in his studio.

Destined for a career in the Royal Navy, a young Paul Nash could not have predicted how his life would take a dramatic turn at the outbreak of the First World War. As a teenager, Nash looked set to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps for a life at sea, but not gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to pass the entrance examinations he opted for a career as an artist.

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