Collage
© Estate of the Artist c/o Lefevre Fine Art Ltd., London

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Collage 1930
The theme of this collage is a day at the races. Burra has combined cut-outs from magazines with drawn elements to create a variety of humorous and fantastical creatures. On the left is a horse with the body of a corseted lady and at the top is a Zeppelin airship smoking a pipe. On the face on the right, a peapod forms a toothy mouth and a pressure gauge becomes an eye. Collages by Burra are rare. He only used the technique for about a year from 1930-31 before reverting to his favourite medium of watercolour.

Glossary Open

Collage

An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.

Watercolour

A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Collage, Watercolour

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 3948
  • Medium Collage, gouache, pen and ink and pencil on paper
  • Size 62.00 x 50.00 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995