Christopher Nevinson was the son of the women's rights campaigner Margaret Nevinson and the radical journalist Henry Nevinson. He went to the St John's Wood School of Art in 1907 and thereafter to the Slade School of Art.
Once his studies were completed he worked as a jounalist and then an artist in Paris where he discovered Cubism.
Though he was involved in the First World War it was in non-combat duties as he was a pacifist. In 1916 he was invalided out out of the army after catching rheumatic fever. The following year, after an exhibition of his work which included his experiences in France, he was sent to the Western Front by the head of the government's War Propaganda Bureau to portray the experiences of the soldiers. In total he painted over 60 pictures.
His output as an artist in the immediate post-WW1 years turned to Paris and London for its subject matter. In particular, it was the London pictures that incorporated a great deal of atmosphere, and the best example of this is in the mezzotint Southwark which can be seen at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
His New York Paintings were executed between 1922-4.
In 1937, he published his autobiography, Paint and Prejudice. In 1939 he was elected an ARA.
He was a war artist in the 2nd World War until he suffered a severe stroke in 1942. Four years later he died.
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