NEVINSON, Christopher

British (1889-1946)

Banking at 4000 Feet, 1917

Leicester Galleries 23; Black 20. Lithograph on wove paper. From the edition 200 signed impressions (there were also 100 unsigned impressions listed, but neither edition was completed).  One of six by Nevinson from the set The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals. Published by the Ministry of Information in collaboration with the Avenue Press and printed by Ernest Jackson. Signed in pencil.

15 ¾ x 12 ½ inches  |  40 x 31.8 cm

This print is from a portfolio series commissioned by the Bureau of Information, called ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’. Twelve artists made prints relating to the ‘Ideals’ involved in going to war, and Nevinson was one of the nine artists commissioned to depict the ‘Efforts’ associated with war. This is the fifth of Nevinson’s six prints, which show the process of building an aeroplane, from making parts to assembly, and finally to flight. In this dramatically composed image, the artist expresses the fear and exhilaration of being a passenger in a fighter plane, with his hand shown gripping the side of the aircraft. He conveys a sense of movement by contrasting the strong diagonals of the wings and circular movements of the propeller with the patchwork of fields far below.
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