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Edward Burra @ Pallant House – Chichester

22/10/2011 @ 8:00 am - 19/02/2012 @ 5:00 pm

A couple of days ago our “Soldiers at Rye” post from last April (just when Watercolor’s exhibition was on @ Tate) started to get hundreds of hits. With a quick search I realized Edward Burra finally got a new major retrospective @ Chicherster’s Pallant House Gallery. Something to celebrate indeed, something we’ve been asking for since the very moment we admired Burra’s war paintings and his surreal yet impressive watercolours.

An English Scene No.2, 1970, Watercolour on paper,
An English Scene No.2, 1970, Watercolour on paper

Now all of a sudden everyone and everything is about Burra in the UK, his Zoot Suits achieved a record price at Sotheby’s sale of the Evill/Frost Collection this year too… a work from 1948 that went for £1.8m, and because Tate hasn’t planned on dedicating any exhibition to the Sussex genious a local gallery has.

Harlem Theatre (detail), 1933, Watercolour on paper,
Harlem Theatre (detail), 1933, Watercolour on paper

Often compared to Otto Dix, George Grosz and sometimes even with his friend Paul Nash, Burra’s iconic images of everyday people and bizarre landscaping will be exhibited during the next 4 months in what the gallery says is his first major show for 25 years. A selection of around 70 works from across the artist’s career…the low culture, some Brit landscape, some stage paintings…. an exhibition focusing on “Burra’s sharply-observed social commentary and unique draftsmanship”. And because most of those works are in private collections you won’t have many chances like this one.

Harlem Scene (detail), 1934-5, Watercolour on paper
Harlem Scene (detail), 1934-5, Watercolour on paper

Ok ok, Chichester may not be next to your East-London flat but a little weekend down south really worths it… even only for its cathedral, so if we now add this unmissable exhibition… needless to say you should get a train ticket before next February ok?

Here’s a film on the artist’s life for those who’ve got time to discover the artist… even the BBC included a special mention on his Culture show last week. Enjoy!


22/10/2011 @ 8:00 am
19/02/2012 @ 5:00 pm
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Pallant House Gallery,
9 North Pallant Chichester West Sussex
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1TJ United Kingdom
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