John Nash RA
About the Artist
Nash said of his work that he was “searching for the basic form of things”. In A Gloucestershire Landscape we can see how the forms have been simplified somewhat and there is an emphasis on flat surface pattern, such as on the cornfield. The cornfield was a subject he returned to throughout his life; it became something of a personal motif.
Nash had a life-long love of the countryside and nature. Although born in London, he moved at the age of eight with his family to the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire. He lived there for the next thirty-eight years, until he and his wife moved to a remote farmhouse in Essex. Nash had a passion for gardening and plants, contributing to countryside magazines and illustrating more than thirty books, including Poisonous Plants (1927).
John Nash had no formal art training. He exhibited with the London Group, the Camden Town Group, and was invited in 1915 to join the artists Gilman, Ginner and Bevan in the short-lived Cumberland Market Group. Gilman gave Nash practical advice about pigments, and advised him not to paint from nature but from drawings done on the spot.