The Road from Arras to Bapaume

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM ART 516
Department
Art and Popular Design
Production date
1917
Subject period
Materials
  • Support: canvas
  • medium: oil
Dimensions
  • Support: Height 609 mm, Width 457 mm
  • Frame: Depth 50 mm, Height 855 mm, Width 705 mm
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  • object category: painting
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Category
art

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Object description

image: Looking down the Arras-Bapaume road which undulates to the horizon. Flat, featureless fields lie on either side of the road, which is bordered in places by felled trees. To the upper right is an encampment of eight tents. Figures and vehicles can be seen in transit on the left and right of the road. The clouded, grey sky and wet road surface indicates recent heavy rainfall.

Label

Nevinson repainted the traffic after it was pointed out that he had originally placed it on the wrong side of the road.

Label

The endless road from Arras to Bapaume undulates towards the horizon. The use of strong perspective enhances the emptiness and desolation of the scene: flat, featureless fields, broken trees and grey sky. The viewer joins the quiet passage of military vehicles in the aftermath of a bombardment. The official censors requested that Nevinson repaint the traffic after he originally painted the vehicles on the wrong side of the road.

History note

Imperial War Museum purchase under terms of Nevinson's commission with the Ministry of Information

Inscription

C.R.W. Nevinson.

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