Born in Philadelphia, PA on March 29, 1898, Willard Nash studied art with John P. Wicker in Detroit. At 16 he was a successful commercial artist in Detroit and the highest paid boy soprano in the U.S.
He also acted on the Detroit stage and enjoyed a brief career as an amateur boxer.
At age 22 he moved to Santa Fe, NM and became active with Los Cinco Pintores. Nash moved to California in 1933. After a brief period of teaching in San Francisco, he taught at the Art Center School in Los Angeles, a position he held until shortly before his death in Albuquerque on Sept. 3, 1942.
While his early works show the influence of Cézanne and the Fauves, h
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