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The Cabbage Harvest

Edward Burra

The Cabbage Harvest

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ArtistEdward Burra (1905-1976)
TitleThe Cabbage Harvest
Datec.1943-1945
MediumWatercolour on paper
ProvenanceCollection of Richard Buckle by June 1947; collection of Noel Sadd; from whom purchased by the Leicester Galleries, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in December 1959, as ‘Harvest 1943’
Exhibition'Catalogue of the Exhibitions: Pictures by Edward Burra, Recent Pictures by Claude Rogers', Ernest Brown & Phillips Ltd, The Leicester Galleries, June 1947 (catalogue number 31); 'The Land Girls: Cinderellas of the Soil' Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 3 October 2009 to 14 March 2010; 'Edward Burra', Pallant House, Chichester 22 October 2011 to 19 February 2012; Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, 3 March to 7 May 2012
Dimensionsheight: 69.00 cm, width: 101.00 cm
InscriptionSTAMPED BR: E.J.Burra
AcquisitionPurchased from Leicester Galleries, January 1960
LocationUK, London, Downing Street
GAC number5039
 

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Edward Burra

Edward Burra lived for most of his life at his parents' house in Rye, Sussex. In spite of poor health he loved to travel. He visited France and America frequently and also went to Italy, Spain and Mexico. He was drawn to human eccentricities, vivid popular culture and scenes from the seamy side of life. Burra produced some satiric work somewhat in the manner of the German artist George Grosz. Both the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War caused Burra deep distress and a violent, almost sadistic atmosphere crept into his work. He also began to paint religious pictures. From the late 1950s until his death, Burra painted strange, slightly sinister landscapes of places around the UK including Rye.