Edward Burra (1905 – 1976)
The Guitar Player
(1928 – 1929, this edition published 1971)
15 x 10 cm; sheet size 34 x 24 cm
Numbered 15/45 lower left and initialled EB lower right.
Burra’s woodcut of a female guitar player surrounded by a landscape of cacti. A bunch of grapes is pendent beside her triangular earring, and a male figure in a wide-brimmed hats stands in the field nearby.
Edward Burra was an English painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. He travelled to Italy in 1925, the same year he met the noted British Surrealist Paul Nash, and both of these influences are evident in this woodcut. Nash introduced Burra to woodcut-making in 1928, the same year that Burra began this woodcut series. His first solo show was held at the Leicester Galleries in April 1929, and he exhibited with the English Surrealists in the 1930s.
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