Edward BurraMexican Church c.1938

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Artwork details

Artist
Edward Burra (1905‑1976)
Title
Mexican Church
Date c.1938
MediumGouache, graphite and ink on paper on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1321 x 1035 mm frame: 1620 x 1335 x 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1940
Reference
N05167
Not on display

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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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