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Thomas Saunders Nash (1891-1968)   BIOGRAPHY

The Kiss of Judas
Framed (ref: 8631)
Oil on panel
11 x 15 in. (28 x 30 cm.)


In the Architectural Review in 1921, the architect Ernest Newton (1856–1922) noted how ‘old fashions in art often recur, for a considerable time Scriptural subjects were taboo. Now they have come into favour again.’ 

In the aftermath of the war, many artists created images of remembrance and reconciliation in which religious iconography played a central role,supporting spiritual unity before the fragmented age of the modern.  Spencer’s designation of a contemporary, personalised religious allegory updated for the modern age, had a profound influence on other artists’ approach to the genre, including Winifred Knights, John Luke, Thomas Monnington, Glyn Jones and Thomas Nash. Spencer, who was at the Slade with Nash described Nash as ‘walking around with the Bible in one hand
and my ideas in the other’

Thomas Saunders Nash (1891-1968)

Painter of figure compositions, religious subjects, landscapes and portraits in oils, often on strawboard. He studied at the Slade School, 1909-12, where he met Stanley Spencer and arguably became influenced by him. In 1912-13 he attended the Government Art Classes in Reading, living at Pangbourne. He exhibited at the RA, NEAC, Goupil Gallery and at the Redfern Gallery. His work was purchased by astute collectors such as Sir Michael Sadler and Thomas Balston. In 1979-80, there was a posthumous retrospective exhibition at Reading Art Gallery, Nash having spent periods in or near the Berkshire town. His work is in the collections of the Ashmolean Museum, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery,Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries, BM, Harrogate Art Gallery, Laing Art Gallery,Manchester City Art Gallery, Reading Art Gallery, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Slade School and theWhitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

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