NASH AND NEVINSON: Impressions of War and Peace

21 April – 03 July 2020

Osborne Samuel Gallery has always specialised in British avant-garde prints, representing the Edward Wadsworth Estate and dealing in the prints of Nash, CRW Nevinson and William Roberts.

In 2014 we commemorated the centenary of the beginning of The Great War with the largest group of Nevinson prints ever exhibited, displaying 108 of the 150 prints he made. Now in 2020 we are pleased to present an exhibition of rare prints by Paul Nash and CRW Nevinson from The Great War and its aftermath. Exposed to the horrors of the first mechanized war, both men were official war artists and were profoundly affected by their experiences. The prints they created are rightly considered amongst the greatest British art of the 20th century. This exhibition includes some of their most famous works. Nash’s ‘Men Marching at Night’ (cover) is one of the rarest of his seven war lithographs executed in 1918; others in this exhibition include ‘Rain, Lake Zillebeke’, ‘Void of War’, ‘Void’, ‘German Double Pillbox’ and ‘Mine Crater, Hill (60)’. The post-war works include lithographs from the 1920s depicting the area around Dymchurch on the Kent coast and wood-engravings he made for various private presses.

Nevinson was a more prolific printmaker, creating a total of around 150 prints between 1916 and 1933. Prints by CRW Nevinson in this exhibition include his Futurist masterpiece ‘Returning to the Trenches’.  Other rare works include, ‘Swooping Down on a Taube’, ‘Acetylene Welder’ and ‘Banking at 4000 Feet’, made in 1917 for the set ‘Making Aircraft’ published by the Department of Information. Other war subjects include ‘The Road from Arras to Bapaume’, ‘After a Push’, ‘Over the Lines’, ‘Ypres after the Second Bombardment’, ‘Reclaimed Country’ and ‘Nerves of an Army’. Also made during 1917, perhaps as a respite to the war, is his extraordinary lithographic masterpiece ‘The Blue Wave’. Post-war works include his prints of London, New York and Paris including the large etching of ‘Blackfriars’, 1926-7, ‘New York, An Abstraction’, 1921 and ‘From a Paris Window’, 1922.

This fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition with notes on many of the prints. My thanks go to Amy Tibble of Osborne Samuel Gallery who has written a most insightful essay with catalogues notes on some of the individual prints. A virtual version of the catalogue will also be available online with additional prints not included in the hardcopy version.

Paul Nash - Featured Works

Mine Crater (Hill 60), 1917
Lithograph on cream wove paper
Edition of 25
Signed and dated ‘December 1917’
36 x 45.7 cm (14¼ x 18 in)

Men Marching at Night, 1918
Lithograph on brown wove paper
Edition of 25
Signed and dated ‘1918’
51.2 x 41.8 cm (20 x 16 ½ in)

Void of War, 1918
Lithograph on brown wove paper
Edition of 12
Signed and numbered
37 x 44.5 cm (14 ½ x 17 ½ in)

CRW Nevinson - Featured Works

Ypres after the Second Bombardment, 1916
Drypoint
Signed in pencil, lower right
15 x 25.5 cm (6 x 10 in)

Returning to the Trenches, 1916
Drypoint on off-white laid paper
Edition of 75
Signed & dated in pencil
15.1 x 20.4 cm (6 x 8 in)

After a Push, 1918
Lithograph on Antique de Luxe laid paper
Edition of 25
Signed and dated lower right
33.5 x 43.5 cm (13 ¼ x 17 in)

Mine Crater (Hill 60)

Paul Nash: Mine Crater (Hill 60), 1917

Men Marching at Night

Paul Nash: Men Marching at Night, 1918

Rain, Lake Zillebeke

Paul Nash: Rain, Lake Zillebeke, 1918

German Double Pill-Box

Paul Nash: German Double Pill-Box, 1918

The Wall, Dymchurch

Paul Nash: The Wall, Dymchurch, 1920

The Sluice

Paul Nash: The Sluice, 1920

Strange Coast, Dymchurch

Paul Nash: Strange Coast, Dymchurch, 1920

Snow Scene

Paul Nash: Snow Scene, 1920

Garden Pond

Paul Nash: Garden Pond, 1922

The Bay

Paul Nash: The Bay, 1922

Design (for invitation card)

Paul Nash: Design (for invitation card), 1924

Bouquet

Paul Nash: Bouquet, 1927

Ypres after the Second Bombardment

CRW Nevinson: Ypres after the Second Bombardment, 1916

Returning to the Trenches

CRW Nevinson: Returning to the Trenches, 1916

Survivors at Arras

CRW Nevinson: Survivors at Arras, 1917

Reclaimed Country

CRW Nevinson: Reclaimed Country, 1917

Swooping down on a Taube

CRW Nevinson: Swooping down on a Taube, 1917

Banking at 4000 Feet

CRW Nevinson: Banking at 4000 Feet, 1917

Acetylene Welders

CRW Nevinson: Acetylene Welders, 1917

The Blue Wave

CRW Nevinson: The Blue Wave, 1917

Ebb Tide on the Camber

CRW Nevinson: Ebb Tide on the Camber, 1918

Nerves of an Army

CRW Nevinson: Nerves of an Army, 1918

Over the Lines

CRW Nevinson: Over the Lines, 1918

The Road from Arras to Bapaume

CRW Nevinson: The Road from Arras to Bapaume, 1918

After a Push

CRW Nevinson: After a Push, 1918

Now the Bayonets have Won Through

CRW Nevinson: Now the Bayonets have Won Through, 1918

The Temples of New York

CRW Nevinson: The Temples of New York, 1919

The Workers

CRW Nevinson: The Workers, 1919

New York: An Abstraction

CRW Nevinson: New York: An Abstraction, 1921

From a Paris Window

CRW Nevinson: From a Paris Window, 1922

From Waterloo Bridge – Sun Bursting Through Fog

CRW Nevinson: From Waterloo Bridge – Sun Bursting Through Fog, 1924-26

Westminster from a Savoy Window

CRW Nevinson: Westminster from a Savoy Window, 1924/6

Blackfriars

CRW Nevinson: Blackfriars, 1926/1927

Leicester Square

CRW Nevinson: Leicester Square, 1926/27

London from Parliament Hill

CRW Nevinson: London from Parliament Hill, c.1923