Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889 -1946)

Christoper Nevinson is famous for his landscape paintings and is also one of the most famous artists of WWI.

Born in Hampstead, North London on 13th August 1889 Christopher Nevinson initially studied at the Slade School of Art, where he befriended Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the leader of the Italian Futurists, as well Percy Wyndham Lewis. As a result Nevinson became one of the first British artists to show an interest in Futurism and Cubism, and his work was included in the Dore Gallery’s 1913 exhibition, ‘Post-Impressionists and Futurists’. However, this was short-lived as Nevinson soon fell out with the Futurists and was then later excluded from the Vorticists movement too.

The war had a major impact on his career and he was celebrated for some of the most enduring trench paintings of The Great War and became an official war artist during WWII. His peacetime work is more often focused on the modern world rather than the natural. Yet landscapes form an important component of his work and during the 1930’s he painted various coastal scenes and landscapes.

Shortly after the end of the war, Nevinson travelled to the United States of America, where he painted a number of powerful images of New York. However, his boasting and exaggerated claims of his war experiences, together with his depressive and temperamental personality, made him many enemies in both the USA and Britain. In 1920, the critic Charles Lewis Hind wrote of Nevinson that ‘It is something, at the age of thirty one, to be among the most discussed, most successful, most promising, most admired and most hated British artists.

However, Nevinson was highly regarded throughout his career and was awarded the Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in 1938 and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1939.