• 5 October 2016
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Lecture Room, Paul Mellon Centre

While working on writing for the Tate's upcoming retrospective I've been impressed by Nash's position in relation to certain significant cultural discourses.  He emerges around 1910, amongst the cultural settings of Georgian Poetry and the writing of W.B.Yeats.  Fantasy novels  and supernatural fictions of Empire were abidingly formative for him.  Margaret Odeh, the Suffragette- of  Egyptian/Jordanian heritage -became Nash's wife and a leading English exponent of Christian Science in the UK. During the interwar period Nash's adoption of aspects of Surrealism could be accounted for as one more appropriation from  a very heterogeneous  spectrum of contemporary cultural modernism, one which extended across popular radio comedy programmes, the 'low' comic book drawings of the 'screwball'  American-Jewish artist Milt Gross, the milieu of ex-colonial rentiers of Rye and the comparative anthropology  of Sir George James Frazer.

mage credit: Paul Nash, Untited, 1940. Digital image courtesy of Tate, London 2015

About the speaker

  • Head and shoulders portrait of David Mellor Headshot

    David Mellor is Professor of Art History and Co-Director of the Sussex Centre for Photography and Visual Culture.