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The skyscrapers and railways of New York epitomised the dynamism of the modern metropolis. This painting, originally titled ‘New York – an Abstraction’, shows the former-futurist Nevinson’s enthusiastic response, in which the urgency of the city is matched with a modernist style of painting derived from pre-war abstraction. However, Nevinson’s work did not receive the success for which he had hoped, and his initial excitement gave way to the disillusion indicated by his revised title.

September 2016