7th Grade Research Project (Nash, Paul)

Paul Nash is a war artist, photographer, and writer. He was born on May 11, 1889 in London. However he lived most of his childhood in Buckinghamshire, where he learned to love landscape.  His parents where William Nash and Caroline Maude. His younger brother, John Nash was also an artist. He went  to school at Slade School of Art which is still flourishing today. He was bad at figure drawing and instead focused mainly on landscape drawings. Nash lived during the time of World War One and soon enlisted as a private for home service in the Second Battalion. Home service is a group of people enlisted to guard key points in war. He was given guard duty at the Tower of London where he had time to write a draw. On May 25 1917, at Ypres Salient he fell into a trench breaking a rib and getting sent back to London. While healing in London he made twenty drawing using ink, chalk and watercolor. Later he became a approved war artist and returned to Ypres Salient, an area around Belgium. He created famous artworks at the time such as the "Menin Road, We're Making a New World, and Wire." In 1920, Nash's career took a decline due to bouts of depression and money problems. However in 1930 he began to work for "The Listener" which was a art critic. When World War Two started he was appointed as a full-time salary war artist. He was not very popular since the Royal Air Force wanted war artist to paint portraits of the pilots and crew members, but instead he made landscapes. He created two painting later called the "Battle of Britain" and the "Battle of Germany." The "Battle of Britain" is supposed to show an aerial battle while the "Battle of Germany" shows a city being bombed with smoke rising in the distance. Nash's career ending on July 1946, where he died in his sleep due to heart failure and his long term asthma. I chose Nash because he really shows the horrors of war through art.

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