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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent and Very Welcome Presentation of the Work of This Important Artist, 13 Nov. 2011
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This is a well presented and excellent catalogue that has been published to accompany the exhibition of the work of Edward Burra taking place at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. As one might expect the book is profusely illustrated with high quality full colour reproductions from the complete range of Burra's work. The different chapters encompass work from different stages in his career including his well known scenes from urban life, the dark side of his work including macabre images and phantoms, his work about stage and film life and his ballet costume and stage designs and finally the landscapes that Burra painted particularly towards the end of his life. The various chapters, including a biographical introduction, are very well written, they are lucid and straightforward and mercifully free from the "psycho-babble" that infects so many art books. In this respect Simon Martin, Head of Curatorial Studies at Pallant House Gallery and Jane Stevenson, who published a biography of Edward Burra in 2007, have done an excellent job. The book is a nice size and not too heavy, many exhibition catalogues are now too weighty to easily read, and is very nicely produced. The illustrations coincide with the relevant text very well.
This book will be a very welcome publication for those interested in Burra whether or not they are fortunate enough to visit the exhibition for works containing illustrations of his work are hard to find. Frustratingly the 2007 biography was without reproductions of Burra's paintings. This is an excellent and important addition to the library of 20th century art and is recommended without reservation.
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H. W. E. says:
A very good review - told me all I wanted to know about this book.
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