A Gathered Radiance:
Late and Early Drawings and Paintings by
O.B.E., R.A. (1903 – 92)
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THE GASWORKS, ILKLEY 1982 39.5 × 60cm / 15⅝ × 23⅝"|
Paintings here are all in oils on traditional hardboard, except where noted. Exact details can be supplied on request.
For technical simplicity, the images below are all reproduced at the same height, irrespective of actual size, which I recognize doesn’t help in assessing the scale of each. That’s something we may work on in future.
“The First” Gallery has had links with the painter Richard Eurich and his family for over 25 years. As well as showing his work, including a one-man on his Centenary ten years ago, the archive of his late photographer son, Crispin, is based here. Our most successful paintings show ever was Out of the Shadows by his daughter, Philippa Bambach, in 1999.
complex finely-wrought early drawings, which almost ruined his sight and are so high-key they are hard to reproduce well, hence less widely known
a more private series of paintings with foliage as a motif, likewise seldom seen, expressing his grief over the premature death of Crispin, his photographer son, and other distressing family events.
EDGE OF THE WOOD 1983 20cm sq. / 7⅞" sq.
One of a series of rarely-shown paintings featuring mostly green foliage, understood to be a reaction
to a number of family tragedies, one of which was a drowning on RE’s beloved Lepe Beach, whose
then melancholy associations caused him and his wife to seek other nearby locations to explore.
THE SHADOW, ECLIPSE OF THE SUN c1920 25 × 31cm / 9¾ × 12¼"
Maybe an early presage of RE’s middle-period fantasy elements.
THAMES BARGE 1986 25 × 33cm / 9¾ × 13"
Unusual later example of a depiction of a specific vessel-type.
A CONNOISSEUR 1936 16.5 × 14cm / 6½ × 5½"
Powerful small work, but perhaps RE wasn’t keen on “connoisseurs”? :-)
WINTER SEASCAPE 1983 29 × 68cm / 11½ × 27"
THE ALTAR ROCK, ILKLEY 1978 pencil / crayon on paper 27 × 37cm / 10½ × 14½"
RE was born in Bradford, hence the number of early works (and later ones, like this) featuring images of the area.
THE SEA 1989 43 × 62cm / 17 × 24¼"
RE’s mastery of the subject stemmed from ceaseless study. In his early days, while staying at Chesil, it was a
standing joke that, if there was a storm, he would be out on the Bank trying to capture it, until his easel
and materials blew away!
CHEESE 1984 20 × 36cm / 7⅞ × 14¼"
Some works, this one included, bear a specific date to the day (4/4/84), suggesting this was completed at a single sitting.
ENCOUNTER ON THE SHORE c1990 15 × 26cm / 6 × 10¼"
KEIGHLEY GATE 1922 24 × 32cm / 9½ × 12⅝"
One of several highly structured landscapes on show, contrasting sharply with the highly fluid compositions of RE’s maturity.
COWES WEEK 1980 28.5 × 44.5cm / 11¼ × 17½"
Early appearance of style where subjects, especially figures, are painted onto a background that isn’t filled in. This date seems
to suggest it was not a result of RE’s failing sight. Later, it becomes a motif of calm: here it gives a sense of busy movement.
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