Born in 1889, Paul Nash played in key role in the development of Modern Art. A surrealist painter and an acclaimed war artist, Nash is said to have been amongst the most important landscape artists of the first half of the twentieth century.
During six weeks on the Western Front in 1918, Nash completed what he called "fifty drawings of muddy places". When he returned to England, he started to develop these drawings into finished pieces which led to a solo exhibition in May 1918. Although mostly working in pen and ink during the war, his return to England saw him producing lithographic artwork.