Edward Burra 1905-1976

Artist biography

Edward BURRA b. 1905

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.

Lit: John Rothenstein, Edward Burra, 1945.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I