Edward Burra (1905-1976) was one of the most enigmatic and intriguing British artists working during the 20th century.
A Rye View brings together a group of his watercolours depicting the East Sussex coastal towns of Hastings and Rye alongside other works including prints and archive material.
Burra's family home, Springfield Lodge, was on the outskirts of Rye and Burra was a frequent visitor to Hastings throughout his life.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is The Harbour, Hastings (1947) which depicts Hastings’ lively beach-launched fishing fleet, the same beach and the same fleet that the Jerwood Gallery sits next to today.
Although Burra loved to travel, he suffered with health problems from a young age, which forced him to spend periods of time recuperating at home. To help cope with the discomfort caused by chronic arthritis, Burra worked in watercolour rather than oil paints, because he found the oils too heavy for his hands.
This two-room exhibition forms part of the gallery's ‘In Focus’ series, where a work of from the Jerwood Collection is the starting point for a small-scale show. Burra’s The Churchyard, Rye, 1959-61, has been part of the Jerwood Collection since 2010.
Images (left to right): Edward Burra, The Harbour, Hastings, 1947. Courtesy Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (on loan from a Private Collection 2004) © The estate of Edward Burra, courtesy Lefevre Fine Art, London; John Banting, Edward Burra, circa 1930 © The estate of Edward Burra/Bridgeman Art Library. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery, London