Edward Burra Mexican Church c.1938

Artwork details

Edward Burra 1905–1976
Mexican Church
Date c.1938
Medium Gouache, graphite and ink on paper on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1321 x 1035 mm
frame: 1620 x 1335 x 155 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1940
Not on display

Display caption

Burra visited Mexico in 1937 and this painting was based on two separate postcards collected at that time: one of an unusual recumbent crucifix in one church, the second of a reredos (or altarback), encrusted with ornamentation, in another (the postcards are displayed in a table case in this room. The decoration seems to be the focus of his attention. The addition of praying figures and the collection plate, however, show his awareness of the monuments' contemporary power and the small, poignant details of everyday life.

August 2004

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