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C. R. W. Nevinson, official war artist

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C. R. W. Nevinson, official war artist

CHRISTOPHER RICHARD WYNNE NEVINSON artist, war artist during World War One : son of the writer H W Nevinson. Pictured in The Tatler shortly after he had held an exhibition of his pictures in at the Leicester Art Galleries in London and had been made an official war artist. Date: 1918

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In this striking portrait photograph, Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889-1946) is seen in the aftermath of an enormously successful exhibition of his war art at the Leicester Art Galleries in London. Nevinson, the son of renowned writer Henry Wynne Nevinson, had been appointed as an official war artist in 1918, a position that granted him access to the front lines of the First World War. The image captures Nevinson in the prime of his artistic career, with a serious yet determined expression that reflects the gravity of the subject matter he had been documenting. His uniform, adorned with the insignia of his official artist status, underscores his role as a witness to history in the making. Nevinson's body of work from the war years is marked by its raw, unflinching depiction of the horrors of war. His paintings, such as "Path to the Broken Bridge" and "The Human Shield," are considered seminal works of the war art genre, offering a powerful visual record of the conflict that continues to resonate with audiences today. The photograph of Nevinson in The Tatler serves as a poignant reminder of the artist's unique contribution to the historical record of the First World War. His work, which captured the brutal realities of war, helped to shape public perception of the conflict and paved the way for future generations of war artists.

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