Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (British, 1889-1946) The Bayonets Have Won Through The rare lithographic poster printed in red, black and yellow, circa 1918, printed by Dangerfield Printing Co. Ltd., London, the full sheet, 751 x 482mm (29 1/2 x 19in) (SH) unframed
Lot 16
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson
(British, 1889-1946)
The Bayonets Have Won Through unframed
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 15,682) inc. premium

Lot Details
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (British, 1889-1946)
The Bayonets Have Won Through
The rare lithographic poster printed in red, black and yellow, circa 1918, printed by Dangerfield Printing Co. Ltd., London, the full sheet, 751 x 482mm (29 1/2 x 19in) (SH) (unframed)

Footnotes

  • Part of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to benefit the Help for Heroes charity.


    Nevinson first produced his bayonet design for the poster for his own show of paintings at the Leicester Galleries, March, 1918, entitled War, illustrated in Edward Bayes's 'The Underworld: Taking Cover in a Tube Station during a London Air Raid' in the Imperial War Museum collection. Nevinson later adapted the design and the accompanying text for a poster issued by the National War Savings Committee to promote the raising of funds.

    The remarkable design depicts massed fixed bayonets printed in orange against a bright yellow background. The bold design and the superimposition of the black stylized text against a field of fiery colour variants is arresting. Image and text are successfully integrated through the elaboration of an appropriately cubist letterform, whose spikey design echoes the raised bayonets, rendered with mathematical precision.

    Furthermore, Nevinson's design exemplifies the optical disturbance associated with 'dazzle' effects, those made possible by combining the geometric experimentation of cubism with the simplifications of the Japanese woodcut of the Ukiyo-e (floating world). In poster terms, dazzle effects were deployed to attract the eye against an increasingly hectic background of metropolitan spectacular. Large-scale dazzle effects were famously used by Norman Wilkinson and colleagues to camouflage shipping.

    The cultural significance of Nevinson's poster cannot be overstated. Looking back over the artistic experimentation of the 20th century, the consistent recurrence of dazzle and strobe effects points to the power of this design as a major breakthrough.
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