Blue Baby: Blitz over Britain by Edward Burra

The painting depicts Burra's response to the Second World War as he observed if from Rye, his birthplace.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour & gouache on paper
Dimensions:
67.5 x 100.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,000 ( Total: £81,000)
Acquired in:
1993
Vendor:
Lefevre Contemporary Art

It depicts a monstrous harpy with red eyes and claws descending from a red sky; a swirling plume of black smoke rising from the horizon indicates where the harpy has already struck. Rye was part of the chain of radar stations along the south coast which the Luftwaffe attempted to destroy during the winter of 1940-1941.

Provenance

Conrad Aiken, USA.

Venue details

IWM London Lambeth Road, LONDON London SE1 6HZ 020 7416 5000 www.iwm.org.uk

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