Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Recommended: The Powerful Western Front Paintings of the Nash Brothers

From the Imperial War Museum
(Click on images to enlarge.)

Brothers Paul and John Nash were both commissioned as official war artists during the First World War—Paul from 1917 and John from 1918. Paul, the eldest, had attended the Slade School and was a trained artist, while John had no formal art training.

Prior to becoming official war artists, both of the brothers had seen active service on the Western Front. Their experiences and observations are recorded in striking artworks depicting trench life, troop movements, and shattered landscapes.

Here is a selection of some of the works they produced.

"MENIN ROAD" by Paul Nash

"OVER THE TOP" by John Nash

"WIRE" by Paul Nash


Continue viewing the brothers' paintings at:


  1. I agree with Bryan. This is powerful stuff. I'd like us to see more WWI art on Roads.

  2. Useful info. Hope to see more good posts in the future.
    colorful paint by numbers