Edward Burra (1905-1976)

Painter in watercolour (frequently on a large scale) of sardonic genre and of scenes of violence and destruction; also landscapes and still life, often with macabre overtones.


Born 29 March 1905 in South Kensington, London. Studied at Chelsea School of Art 1921–3 and the R.C.A. 1923–4. First one-man exhibition at the Leicester Galleries 1929; member of Unit One 1933, and exhibited with the English Surrealists 1936 and 1938. Travelled in Europe, the U.S.A. and Mexico. Made designs for the Camargo Society's ballet Rio Grande 1931 and for several Sadler's Wells and Covent Garden productions. A.R.A. 1963.

Edward Burra (1905-1976), Etain called by the Fairies, 1922
Edward Burra (1905-1976), Etain called by the Fairies, 1922

Edward Burra (1905-1976)

Etain called by the Fairies

signed 'E. BURRA' (lower left), inscribed 'Etain called by the Fairies' (lower centre), dated '1922' (lower right)

ink, watercolour, gouache and metallic paint

10 x 13 3/4 in. (25.4 x 35 cm)

19 x 23 in. (49 x 60 cm) framed



Leicester Galleries, London

Purchased direct from the artist by a previous owner's father.


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