Barbara at Coastal Ripples is hosting her Paint Monthly link up and as we have moved into April now, I have been wondering which artist to feature. The John Piper exhibition in Hastings at the Jerwood Gallery wasn't showing any of my favourite paintings and I am not a fan of John Bratby's work that was also on display. So when I was in Reading the other day I called into the Art Gallery where the exhibition A Sense of Place was still showing, I've already told you about it here and here.
This time I selected a painting by Christopher Nevinson and then found out a bit more about him when I got home.
|View of the Sussex Weald|
Nevinson was one of the most famous WWI war artists, although you can't tell from the painting in the Reading Art Gallery. Towards the end of his life he concentrated on pastoral subjects which I suppose is a natural response to having seen such atrocities in his earlier life.
Born in 1889, he studied at the Slade, alongside Stanley Spencer, and the Academie Julian in Paris where he met and was influenced by Futurist artists and became the outstanding British exponent of the art. He worked with the Red Cross and as an Ambulance Driver in France during WWI until he was invalided out and in 1917 became an official war artist. His bleak scenes from the Front caused a stir and he was the first to paint scenes from the air.
After the war he painted traditional scenes of landscapes and cityscapes of London, Paris and New York not connected to any particular art movement and after 1925 travelled round Southern England painting landscapes and flowers.
He died in 1946.
|On the Downs|
|Ypres After the First Bombardment|
|The Arrival - in this picture he shows views that are happening simultaneously.|
If you put his name into Google you will be able to see a lot more of his pictures and find out more about him but I hope this has just given you something to investigate further. I found it quite difficult to choose which paintings I should include on this page as I liked so many of them.