Tate Britain, London
Until March 5
Paul Nash was by nature a lyrical English painter whose art, you feel, was interrupted by appalling violence, and this Tate survey offers a beautiful and full account of the work of this much-loved, delicate painter, who was at once deeply traditional and profoundly modern.
His experience of two world wars introduced a passionate but restrained Englishness to an understanding of what modern suffering could look like.
Nash’s earliest art was in the mystical vein of William Blake and, especially, Samuel Palmer, artists who found in the structures of the landscape gestures of inward symbolism.
Rye Marshes, 1932
Often, in Nash’s images of trees and skies towering into darkness and melting into human forms floating in