John Northcote Nash

England / 1893 - 1977 / wikipedia / /
John Northcote Nash CBE, RA (11 April 1893 – 23 September 1977); British painter of landscapes and still-lives, and a wood engraver and illustrator, particularly of botanic works. He was the younger brother of Paul Nash, his sister Barbara Nash became a gardener.

...Nash had no formal art training, but was encouraged by his brother to develop his abilities as a draughtsman. His early work was in watercolor and included Biblical scenes, comic drawings and landscapes. A joint exhibition with Paul at the Dorien Leigh Gallery, London, in 1913 was successful, and John was invited to become a founder-member of the London Group in 1914. He was an important influence on the work of the artist Dora Carrington (with whom he was in love), and some of her works have been mistaken for his in the past.

...Nash married Carrington's friend Dorothy Christine Kühlenthal in May 1918.... Their only child, William, born in 1930, was killed in a car accident in 1935, aged 4.

Born in London, and became a newspaper reporter. It was only through the influence of his brother Paul that Nash was encouraged to pursue art and become a still-life and landscape painter, as well as an illustrator and wood engraver. During WWI, Nash was an artist and created his most famous work Over the Top which now hangs in the Imperial War Museum.

After WWI, Nash married and concentrated on water colors and painting landscapes that hold symbolic meanings related to the human condition. In 1920, Nash became one of the founding members of The Society of Wood Engravers. His engravings were first meant for literary journals and then for books. All his depictions of cats are wood engravings. Most of the cats are captured in a typical cat position, sitting on a chair sleeping. He was awarded a CBE in 1964. Nash died in 1977 soon after his wife...
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