Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson La Mitrailleuse 1915

Artwork details

Title
La Mitrailleuse
Date 1915
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 610 x 508 mm
frame: 777 x 670 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1917
Reference
N03177

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As a Futurist, Nevinson initially celebrated and embraced the violence and mechanised speed of the modern age. But his experience as an ambulance driver in the First World War changed his view.In his paintings of the trenches, the soldiers are reduced to a series of angular planes and grey colouring. They appear almost like machines themselves, losing their individuality, even their humanity, as they seem to fuse with the machine gun which gives this painting its title.

July 2007

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