In the Air

As planes took to the air, the world was being seen from entirely new angles, inspiring artists to experiment and to depict landscape in new, unexpected ways. Here the abstract patchwork of fields is laid out under the wing of a military aircraft, the sharp angles of the composition emphasizing the dizzying height of the plane. While many works by Nevinson have a Futurist flavour in this period, including Swooping Down on a Taube, three of his six designs for the Efforts and Ideals ('Building Aircraft') series are more realistic in style.


  • Title

    In the Air

  • Artist/maker

    Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889 - 1946) (printmaker)
  • Associated place

    Europe (place of creation)
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  • Dimensions

    image 40.5 x 30 cm (height x width)
    sheet 47.7 x 37.9 cm (height x width)
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  • Credit line

    Presented by the Ministry of Information, 1919.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Western Art

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