Review Round Up: Paul Nash,Tate Britain

Tate Britain focuses on the war work of artist to reveal Nash’s importance to British modern art. Here is what critics have been saying about it. 

The Guardian: **** “He was never what you could call a great painter. Yet we keep returning to him, because his art is full of mystery and strangeness, suffering and wonder.”

The Upcoming: *** “There are some stunning paintings in the Paul Nash show, revealing the artist’s keen eye and understanding of the bold power of the British landscape. It’s a shame, however, that the exhibition doesn’t allow their dramatic force to take centre stage, insisting instead on exploring questions about style and influence, which remain largely unanswered.”

The Telegraph: **** “At its weakest, Nash’s work now looks rather whimsical and of its time. At its strongest, it gives a sense of powerful spiritual connection to the land that you won’t find in any other artist.”

Evening Standard: **** “These official war paintings are indeed among his greatest works.”

The Times: **** “This retrospective offers the first chance in 40 years to discover not just the full range but the true depth of this painter.”

Londonist: ***** “What this exhibition does very well is take us on Nash’s journey as an artist. We see that he was equally skilled at painting a lush garden and the sea covered with jagged ice floes.”

The Spectator:  “Nash was a distinctly hit-and-miss painter but in his moments of greatness – during the first and second world wars – he could be visionary.”

London Visitors: “exhibition successfully provides a more rounded account of his work.”

Time Out: **** “At times, this is a gruelling show: Nash is a tightly wound artist and his variations on his themes can be hard to engage with. But it’s a rewarding one.”

Paul Nash is on display at Tate Britain until the 5th March 2017. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/paul-nash

 

 

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