barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Rebel Visions

The War Art of CRW Nevinson

The powerful art and contradictory personality of British war artist Richard Nevinson will be explored in this ground breaking exhibition – the centrepiece of our autumn programme.

Famous for his dramatic, often haunting images of the battlefield and its soldiers, Nevinson’s arresting paintings, drawing, prints and posters also acknowledged the sometimes unpalatable effects war had on British society. Always a rebel, he produced work that ranged in variety from official war propaganda to anti-war condemnation – some of which was censored. With major paintings and key drawings and prints lent by major UK public and private collections, including Tate, the Imperial War Museum and the British Museum, this exhibition will be accompanied by a full programme of related lectures, talks and other exciting events.

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Image above: CRW Nevinson, ‘A Star Shell’ (detail), about 1916. © Tate, London.


See what our visitors have been saying about this exhibition…

“Nevinson was a great artist and a man of great vision, clearly ahead of his time.”
– Richard Carroll, Birmingham

“Thought provoking works.” – Gillian Simper, Ontario

”A moving documentation of the pity and folly of war.” – Birgit McArdle, Shrewsbury

“A timely exhibition of an understated artist.” – Marion Goldman, London

“One of my favourite artists, with works that I’ve not seen before. Thank you!”
– Paul Hollingsworth, Edgbaston

”Wonderfully curated, and extremely poignant.’ – Derek Oliver, Birmingham

“Shows the utter reality of war. We need a Nevinson for the 21st century.”
– Christine Meredith, Tamworth


British Art & War 1914 – 18

One-day colloquium

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