La Guerre des Trous by Chistopher Nevinson sets new record at auction

La Guerre des Trous (1914), an ink drawing by Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, has made £136,400 ($180,332) at a sale of modern and contemporary prints - a new record for the artist.

The auction took place at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury in London on December 12.

Chritopher Nevinson Guerre Trous
La Guerre des Trous has set a new record for Nevinson's work at auction

The work depicts soldiers preparing to leave their trench, an experience that Nevinson (1889-1946) lived through while stationed on the western front between 1914 and 1915.

The British artist was deeply disturbed by his experiences there, later dispensing with futurism - a movement that he was passionately connected to - in favour of starkly realised battlefield landscapes.

The work exceeded the previous record, set at £111,600 ($153,539) for On the Road to Ypres at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury in 2012.

Two Nudes, a print by Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), made £100,000 ($161,620).

Two Nudes Lichtenstein Dreweatts
The Nudes was the last series Lichtenstein worked on before his death in 1997

The coloured relief print is one of 12 signed artist's proofs.

The Nudes series was Lichtenstein's last large-scale project before his death in 1997 - a theme that he explored in a variety of mediums, including paintings, prints and collage.

In total six screen prints were produced.

Lichtenstein was one of the best known artists of the 20th century, and this is reflected in auction prices for his work. His record stands at $56.1m - set for Woman with Flower Hat at Christie's New York in April of this year.

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