(Photograph by Paul Nash (1889-1946))
Ive been reading ’A Crisis of Brilliance’ by David Boyd Haycock, so I was very happy when I saw the first of BBC4’s ’British Masters’ series. I enjoyed the fact that it covered artists that rarely get spoken about in TV documentaries, especially when talking about British Art.
This particular period is rarely explored by arts television (only a couple of evenings ago there was yet another new ‘docudrama’ about Van Gogh) and Im hoping that the next episodes will continue to explore the artists mentioned in this first part.
Im especially keen to see if it explores Paul Nash’s later life in more detail.
One thing I have noticed about most online writing about Paul Nash is that it often totally ignores his experimentation with photography in the later part of his life.
Many of Nash’s photographs still seem strikingly modern and exciting, his background in design, as much as in painting seems strongly evident in each image.