Edward Burra
Valley and River, Northumberland 1972

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Edward Burra 1905–1976
Valley and River, Northumberland
Date 1972
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 1016 x 686 mm
frame: 1150 x 820 x 50 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1973
Not on display

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In his later years, Burra was taken on driving tours of Britain by his sister Anne. His landscapes were inspired by real places: in this case, a valley south of the Cheviot Hills near Alnwick. He said he was fascinated by the lines on the hills that play a dominant role in the painting. Such depictions of 'unspoilt' country were contrasted with images of motorways and heavy trucks, reflecting the artist's lament at the destruction of Britain. Others have found in such images suggestions of the human body, the rounded hills perhaps suggesting buttocks or breasts.

August 2004

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