Edward Burra - Twentieth Century Eye - BBC Radio Audiobook - cheops
Jane Stevenson\'s biography of one of the greatest English watercolourists of the 20th century.
Edward Burra never followed the fashion: in the thirties, when modern art was dominated by abstraction and landscape, he painted people; in the sixties, when landscape was completely out of fashion, he started to find it interesting. His life was an unusual one: profoundly disabled, he lived with his parents, and was in constant pain. Only when he was painting could he forget his body.
At the same time he was a man with a rich and full life. He was a letter-writer of genius, writing every afternoon to a wide circle of friends. His letters are camp, witty, full of the energy and delight in life which he could not express physically. Inventive, entertaining, and extraordinarily original, his writing expresses a man who combined profound personal loyalty with distaste for any kind of emotional grandstanding.
This is Jane Stevenson’s first biography. It will of course be welcomed by historians of modern British art, but equally readers of Stevenson’s fiction will delight in her portrait of this wonderfully original man and his circle: it has, she says, been like eavesdropping on a fifty-year conversation.
\'Jane Stevenson\'s witty scholarliness is perfectly complemented by Burra\'s own sardonically camp letters.\' (Daily Mail)
\'Magnificent... This splendid Life makes a monumental fuss of him, reminding us what a one-off he was\' (Daily Telegraph)
Five episodes of approximately 15 minutes each.
Burra had an extraordinary circle of friends.
In 1921 at the age of 16, Burra enrolled as a student at Chelsea College of Art. He developed a taste for films, jazz and gossip, and began friendships that would last the rest of his life.
Burra loved travelling, and his first visit to the south of France in 1926 brought him into contact with the coast that inspired much of his work.
Burra\'s 1937 visit to Mexico to stay with the novelist Malcolm Lowry turned out to be more than he had bargained for.
The Second World War began slowly for Burra, but the phoney hostilities ended abruptly in 1940 with the Battle of Britain being fought in the air directly over his home in Rye.
This book was published on 15 November 2007 and was serialised as \'Book of the Week\' on BBC Radio 4 from 10/12/2007 to 15/12/2007.
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