At the starting blocks is Paul Nash and his painting 'The Shore'.
Paul Nash (1889 – 1948)
Oil on canvas
Before the Great War of 1914 - 1919 Paul Nash's landscape paintings celebrated the purity of nature and its primeval history. Injured at Ypres in 1917 he was posted back to London but then became an official war artist and was sent back to the front. His experience in the trenches marked him for life and is openly recorded in his paintings. In 1919 he ironically named a painting 'We are Making a New World' that depicted a bomb-blasted landscape. 'The Shore' depicts the coastline at Dymchurch in Kent, as a bleak, post-apocalyptic view.