Nevinson, C.R.W. (1889-1946), 'Returning to the Trenches', Etching & Drypoint, 1916

'Returning to the Trenches', Etching & Drypoint, 1916

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A rich impression with burr. Signed and dated in pencil within the platemark beneath the image. Printed on laid ‘F. J. Head & Co.’ paper. From the edition of 75, issued in P.G. Konody, ‘Modern War: Paintings by C.R.W. Nevinson’, Grant Richards, London, 1917.

Nevinson served in the Royal Army Medical Corp during the First World War. His experiences in the field led him to believe that Futurist Art was the only way to express the brutality of the emotions seen and felt on the battlefields of Europe.

In ‘Returning to the Trenches’ Nevinson depicts the column of marching men as oppressed figures, caught up in a wearying and relentless mechanism over which they have no control. Futurist ‘lines of force’ and a sense of mass motion are employed to convey a sense of disillusion with the futility and waste of combat.

Image 15 x 19.8 cm
Paper 21.5 x 28.1 cm
Collections V & A; Imperial War Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Yale Center for British Art
Reference Black 9

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