John Nash ‘The Cornfield’, oil on canvas, 1918.
In 1918 John Nash left the front lines of WWI to take up a position as an official war artist. ‘The Cornfield’ was the first non-war themed painting he completed on his return. During the day he and his brother, Paul Nash, painted works in their official capacity, but in the evenings they painted for their own pleasure. The length of the shadows cast by the hay stooks is an indication of this practice.
This and many other of his works make up the ‘Landscape of Love and Solace’ exhibition currently running until September at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne.