Fortune Tellers by Edward Burra

Burra was preoccupied with the low life of Mediterranean ports and visits to the continent introduced him to the mix of French, Arab, and Negro people who populatef his work from the mid-1920s onwards.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour & gouache
Dimensions:
56 x 76 cm
Art Fund grant:
£11,102 ( Total: £44,410)
Acquired in:
1996
Vendor:
Christie's

Burra was fascinated with skulls and skeletons and often used dice and card players in his works. These are not mere cafe games; they suggest a far more sinister meaning. All these elements are combined within an exotic Moorish setting in this work - a visual catalogue of Burra's preoccupations during this period.

Provenance

Purchased from the artist in circa 1947; Christie's.

Venue details

Ferens Art Gallery Queen Victoria Square, HULL East Yorkshire HU1 3RA 01482 613 902 www.hullcc.gov.uk/museums

Entry details

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