CRW Nevinson: A Printmaker in War & Peace

24 September - 18 October 2014

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Osborne Samuel gallery are very pleased to announce a major exhibition of prints
by CRW Nevinson (1889-1946) in September/October this year. This will be the
most comprehensive exhibition of Nevinson prints since the Leicester Galleries
exhibition in 1977, Kettle’s Yard’s Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Prints and the Imperial War Museum’s exhibition of CRW Nevinson – The Twentieth Century in 1999/2000.

The exhibition will also coincide with the launch of a new book CRW Nevinson –
The Complete Prints compiled by and with essays by Dr Jonathan Black,
published by Lund Humphries Publishing, London and Osborne Samuel gallery.
Following the exhibition at the gallery a selection of the remaining works will be
shown at the International Fine Prints Dealers Association’s annual fair from 5-9
November at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue at 67th St, New York, NY
10065 where the book will also be launched in the US.

Nevinson made 148 prints; etchings, drypoints, mezzotints and lithographs between
1916 and 1933. There is no doubt that his war experience greatly influenced his
subject matter and he produced some of the most poignant images of war in
printmaking history. These include the iconic Returning to the Trenches, 1916, Troops Resting, 1916, That Cursed Wood, 1918 and the set of six lithographs commissioned by the Ministry of Information titled Britain’s Efforts and Ideals: Building Aircraft that are all included in this exhibition.

In May 1919 Nevinson visited New York City for his exhibition at the Keppel
Gallery which was a critical and commercial success; the city was also a dizzying
stimulus and resulted in a number of New York subjects in painting, later translated
into various prints in all media rivalling work produced by any of his New Yorker

Equally stimulating were his prints in London, The Workers, 1919 shows a strike
demonstration; London Bridges, c. 1920, London from Parliament Hill, c.1923, Waterloo Bridge from a Savoy Window, c.1924-26, Westminster from a Savoy Window, c.1924, Leicester Square, c.1926-27 and many more included in this exhibition. He was a devoted Francophile and a frequent visitor to Paris and included in the show are (From) A Paris Window, 1922, La Butte Montmartre, 1922, La Cité, Paris, c. 1926 among others.

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CRW Nevinson: A Printmaker in War & Peace


OSBORNE SAMUEL GALLERY is one of London’s leading galleries, long established in the heart of Mayfair. The gallery began as Berkeley Square Gallery and became Osborne Samuel when Peter Osborne and Gordon Samuel joined forces. The gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and publications. Expand...

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