ART OF WAR C R W Nevinson

Phil Jarman looks at the life of C R W Nevinson

An artist’s first-hand experience of the cost of war led to several dramatic paintings but also caused some controversy.

Nevinson’s geometric diagramatical composition, ‘Bursting Shell’, exhibited in 1915.

A s a pioneer of the beliefs and styles of the futurist art movement, which originated in Italy at the time of the outbreak of World War One, C R W Nevinson, also known as either Christopher or Richard, produced a number of memorable images showing the human cost of conflict. At a time in the world of art when visual styles dramatically moved away from the realism of the Nineteenth Century, opting for radical approaches such as Cubism, Vortisism and Futurism, artists like Nevinson were set to alter how we view what we see and record both on canvas and in three dimensions.

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