Very rare Nevinson print never before seen at auction for sale at Bonhams

Work by famous First World War painter

The Grosvenor School and Avant-Garde British Printmaking
17 Apr 2012
London, New Bond Street

A major and very rare work by the First World War artist, Christopher Nevinson, which has never appeared at auction before is to be sold at Bonhams Print Sale at New Bond Street, London on 17 April. It is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

Depicting a British soldier in the act of hurling a grenade, The Bomber is one of the few prints in which Nevinson adopted the Futurist style pioneered in Italy by Filippo Marinetti and Giacomo Balla. The dramatic jagged-edged nature of the image prefigures the destruction which the bomb will cause.

The Bomber was executed in 1918 when Nevinson was suffering from depression and acute stress. He referred to "my fits of melancholy which end in sleeplessness." He had effectively stopped painting at this time but found refuge in printmaking.

Bonhams Print specialist Rupert Worrall, said, "This is a very rare work indeed. Although Nevinson typically produced around 25 copies of his war prints, many of these have not survived. Only one other copy of The Bomber is definitely known to exist and it is in the Print Collection of the British Museum".

Nevinson's war time prints are very highly sought after. In February this year Bonhams sold The Doctor (The Out-patient), dating from 1916, for the exceptional price of £50,140 at its Knightsbridge Print sale.


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