Nevinson first visited New York in 1919 and was immediately impressed by the city’s architecture, declaring that the city was ‘built for me’. He made numerous sketches during his visit.New York-an Abstraction
was painted in London after he returned from New York and before he returned for a second exhibition. The painting depicts an imaginary section of the elevated railway running through Manhattan. His next exhibition received a poor reception which may have contributed to a to Nevinson’s disaffection with the city and his decision to change the title of the painting in 1925 to its current title Soul of the Soulless City
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson
Nevinson: The Soul of the Soulless City
915 x 608 mm
Oil paint on canvas
Date of work
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson was an English painter whose formative years as a student were spent at the Slade. His work encompassed Futurist paintings of machine-age London and later bleak paintings of the Great War. By 1919 he had given up Futurism, painting lively interpretations of New York. In later years he concentrated more on pastoral scenes and flower pieces, where a gentler mood prevailed.