We first became aware of the British artist C R W Nevinson through his connections with the The Vorticist art movement, a short-lived collection of artists that aimed to capture the explosive time of change around the time of the First World War.
Over the years we have become familiar with his brutal, angular paintings, as they skilfully portrayed the horror and desperation of that time. We didn’t realise that Nevinson was also a very successful print maker, who in addition to his war work, produced stunning black and white images of city life in the early part of the 20th century.
Thankfully, the current exhibition at Osborne Samuel in London collects a huge array of his print work for the first time. You will though, need to be quick, as the show concludes on 18 October.
The prints are astoundingly atmospheric, from the misery of trench life; to the effervescent buzz of jazz age New York, these are works that capture a moment brilliantly. The stark black and white images work equally well at displaying the dark and foreboding as they do, excitement and energy. This is a rare chance to see such a large collection of Nevinsons work in the same place but keep your eyes and ears open and his beautiful work does appear in smaller numbers at galleries around the world.