Learning Curve, The Great War
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'The Harvest of Battle', a painting by CRW Nevinson in 1919
(Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, Art 1921)
  • CRW Nevinson produced this painting after the war. Nevinson was a well-known professional painter and he was commissioned to produce paintings to commemorate the soldiers.
  • His early style was cubist. He used lots of hard, straight lines to represent the harshness of war and the use of technology.
  • This painting was one of his later works. Here he used a more realistic style to get across the horrors of a battle and its impact on the men and the landscape.
  • It tells the truth about war wounds. Men from both sides, German prisoners and exhausted British soldiers, make their way back after a horrific battle. They are helping one another along, carrying the most seriously wounded on makeshift stretchers. Their line winds its way among the flooded shell-holes and the heaps of strewn bodies whose nationality is no longer identifiable.
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