John Nash

The Landscape of Love and Solace


A long-overdue biography and rediscovery of John Nash, Paul’s brother and a major 20th-century British artist in his own right


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Andy Friend


A long-overdue biography and rediscovery of 20th-century British artist John Nash

‘Andy Friend deftly carries the reader into a much-peopled narrative, opening up many insights into the art world at the same time that he gets inside the personal life of John Nash and his wife Christine K├╝hlenthal.’ Frances Spalding

John Nash was a highly versatile artist who responded to the British landscape with a unique vision that still resonates today. He also created some of the most memorable paintings of the First World War. Over a sixty-year career he produced paintings in oil and watercolour and was also an illustrator, cartoonist, wood-engraver and arguably the finest botanical draughtsman of his era. Unlike his older brother Paul, John received no formal art training, but emerged almost fully fledged into the London art world of 1913. Held in high regard by his contemporaries, Nash was part of a wide network of artist friends, including Walter Sickert, Harold Gilman, Charles Ginner, Mark Gertler, Dora Carrington, Cedric Morris and of course his brother Paul, and he in turn influenced Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden.

John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace examines these personal and working relationships, and in particular that with his wife Christine Kuhlenthal. An extraordinary voice in her own right, revealed here for the first time through her letters and journals, Christine’s influence was critical to Nash’s career during a long marriage which also encompassed both partners having many other relationships. Their life story is an extraordinary one, which as this book shows was touched by many hitherto untold events. Drawing on original research and including a foreword by David Dimbleby, this fascinating and long-overdue biography provides a much fuller picture of John Nash and his work than previously and is at the same time an intimate and compelling narrative, embracing love, tragedy and the pursuit of solace.

Additional information

Weight 1126 g
Dimensions 24.7 x 17.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 17 September 2020
Number of pages 352
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by David Dimbleby
Dimensions 24.7 x 17.6 cm
Weight 1126 g


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Andy Friend is the author of Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship, which Thames & Hudson published in 2017. He conceived and co-curated the eponymous exhibition which toured the UK in 2017-18, attracting c. 100,000 visitors.