Nash and the Neo-Romantic Landscape

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91O4LtUSceL._SL1500_On the 11th of May 1889, English surreal war artist Paul Nash was born in London. Malcolm Yorke identified him as part of a group of nine British artists who worked in what he defined as a ‘neo-romantic’ vein. The Neo-Romantic landscape was a reaction to naturalism, and stressed external observation, by focusing on feeling and internal observation; it was characterised by the lack of the urban element. The setting was an invented landscape, often an idealised rural scene which seemed disrupted by ruins, “suggesting a dislocated spirit of place” (Malcolm Yorke, The Spirit of Place: Nine Neo-Romantic Artists and Their Times, 1989), as a response of the individual to the contemporary historical situation. Although frequently accused of being insular, nostalgic or idealising, the major contribution of neo-romantic art was its strong introverted nature, the value it placed on the individual and the artist’s intuitive abilities.

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