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The Arrival

Christopher R. W. Nevinsonc.1913

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

When this work was first exhibited a reviewer commented: ‘It resembles a Channel steamer after a violent collision with a pier. You detect funnels, smoke, gangplanks, distant hotels, numbers, posters all thrown into the melting-pot, so to speak. Mr. Nevinson acted as interpreter, explaining that it represented a state of simultaneous mind’.Nevinson co-wrote Vital English Art: A Futurist Manifesto. He was fascinated by the idea of ‘simultaneity’, championed by the French Orphists and Italian Futurists. This is shown here in his attempt to capture in one composition the multitude of views and movements happening at a single moment.

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  • Title: The Arrival
  • Creator: Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson
  • Date: c.1913
  • Provenance: Presented by the artist's widow 1956
  • Physical Dimensions: 762 x 635 mm
  • Original Title: The Arrival
  • Additional Viewing Notes: This work, typical of Nevinson's Futurist period, aroused much comment when it was exhibited in 1915 as ‘My Arrival in Dunkirk’ (that it was this work is confirmed by the contemporary reproductions in the Daily Express, 25 February 1915, and the Daily Graphic, 5 March 1915). It was probably the work already exhibited as ‘The Arrival’ the year before, when a review in the Star said of it: ‘It resembles a Channel steamer after a violent collision with a pier. You detect funnels, smoke, gangplanks, distant hotels, numbers, posters all thrown into the melting-pot, so to speak. Mr Nevinson acted as interpreter, explaining that it represented a “state of simultaneous mind”.’ The composition was later used for the dust-jacket of the novel Crime de Luxe by Elizabeth Gill, published by Cassell's in June 1933, at a time when Nevinson was greatly interested in the employment of leading artists in commercial design. Published in: Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Tate
  • Medium: Oil paint on canvas

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