The work of John Nash, one of the most versatile and prolific artists of the 20th century is being featured in a new exhibition The Landscape of Love and Solace at The Towner, Eastbourne until 26 September 2021 and then run at Compton Verney in Warwickshire from 23 Oct 2021 to 2 January 2022.
John Nash is perhaps best known for his painting ‘Over the Top, 1918’.
He is too often overshadowed by his brother Paul Nash.
The works of John Nash during the era of two world wars feature in this exhibition - John Nash was one of the few Official Artists of the First World War and Second World War, alongside work by his contemporaries. The story is also told of John’s relationship with his wife Christine Kulenthal through a collection of diaries and photographs.
The Landscape of Love and Solace written by Andy Freind and published as part of the exhibition by Thames & Hudson beautifully compliments the exhibition with the two telling the same stories, the exhibition exciting the mind and the book reminding you and expanding on this.
You might spend an hour or two in an exhibition, but it will take a day to read and enjoy the book - and then in all probably return again to the exhibition to see the paintings, drawings, prints and illustrations for what they are.
The book draws on original research and provides further insight into Nash’s life, work and artistic and personal relationships. It is a wonderful artefact in its own right with crisp reproductions and photographs.