02 Works, The Art of War, Maxwell, Edward Burra’s Wake and Soldiers at Rye, with footnotes

Henry Zaidan
Apr 12, 2024
Edward Burra 1905–1976
Soldiers at Rye, c. 1941

Gouache, watercolour and ink on paper
1022 × 2070 mm
Tate

Rye became a centre for military activity. Soldiers are turned into nightmarish birdmen, recalling the Surrealist paintings of German artist Max Ernst. Burra was also interested in sixteenth-century English poetry. The bright colours and stylised dress of the soldiers might suggest courtly combat…

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