Christopher R.W. Nevinson


Christopher R. W. Nevinson (1889 - 1946)

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson studied in London, at the St John's Wood School and the Slade School of Fine Art, then in Paris at the Académie Julian from 1912 to 1913. He shared a studio with Modigliani. He was involved with the Camden Town Group and was a founder member of the London Group in 1913. He worked with Marinetti, disseminating Futurist theories in Britain with the publication of the Futurist Manifesto entitled Vital English Art. During World War I he joined the Red Cross medical unit. He was appointed an official war artist, then was elected to the New English Art Club in 1929, the National Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers in 1930, the Royal Society of British Artists in 1932, and the Royal Academy in 1939. In 1937 he published his autobiography, Paint and Prejudice. He exhibited in London from 1910, most notably at the Vorticism exhibition in 1915.


Nevinson tended to paint the different places he had visited - landscapes of Cornwall, avenues in New York and trenches in Yser. He was influenced by Cézanne and Cubism. One of his engravings can be seen in the second and final edition of the Blast review, dated 1915.


Text Source: Benezit Dictionary of Artists