As war first broke out, Nevinson served in the Friends' Ambulance Unit where he medically treated French soldiers. His experience with the wounded had a prolific effect on him, using his experiences as subject matter whilst painting under a style influenced by Futurism and Cubism.

In 1917, Nevinson was appointed an official war artist, a position which, for the artist, caused much controversy. By this time, his style had changed from Modernist to more realistic.

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, Paths of Glory, 1917 Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, Paths of Glory, 1917

His piece Paths of Glory, portrayed two fallen British soldiers, in a realistic and indeed shocking manner, in field of mud covered in barbed wire. Nevinson was told this work would not be shown at the war exhibition he had been commissioned for. However, in a bid to show his home nation of Great Britain what was happening to soldiers across Europe, Nevinson displayed it with a sign across it which read 'Censored.'

Later that year, despite some disputes, Nevinson set to work on the Hall of Remembrance, commissioned by the British War Memorials Committee. In another blow to his oeuvre, the large scale artwork was never built.

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, The Road from Arras to Bapaume, 1918 Estimate: £50 000-70 000 Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, The Road from Arras to Bapaume, 1918
Estimate: $62 155 - 87 015

In the same turbulent year, Nevinson created The Road from Arras to Bapaume, an eery depiction of the Northern-French road. The work was first exhibited Leicester Galleries, London, March 1918.

The rolling hills in the work evoke a sense of English pastoralism, whilst the single road seen from the viewpoint of the Arras depot, heading towards the front is a shocking reminder of the horrors of war. The tree stumps and barbed wire capture the devastation war leaves in its path.

The piece, alongside works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Rene Magritte, Georges Braque, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, Damien Hirst and Bridget Riley will all be featured in Forum's Fine Editions and Works on Paper sale on 5th December.

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