|Who painted this? #42|
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Who Painted This #41 - The Answer
|By Richard Ernst Eurich (RA) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
- Title of the artwork: Preparations for D-day
- Name of the artist who created this artwork: Richard Eurich RA
- Date it was created: 1944
- Media used: oil on canvas
- Where it lives now: Imperial War Museum
The aims were:
- to raise morale by having art exhibitions
- to produce artwork for propaganda
- to keep artists gainfully employed in the hope this might reduce the numbers killed (the First World War saw the death of a lot of writers and artists)
David Teter found the image on the Google Art Project which gives the best view of it (ie you can zoom in). This is what the site says about the painting.
Eurich’s enigmatic composite painting of land and naval forces massing off the South Coast before D-Day gives an impression of brooding calm before the storm.The dark belt of trees across the centre of the painting obscures the transition from land to sea. The roads end in barriers of smoke or barbed wire and the only way forward is into the unknown, through the huge jaw-like hold-doors of the central ship. Camouflage netting, smoke screening and the camouflaged shipping all contribute to the sense of secrecy and hidden strength conveyed by the painting.Eurich was a marine painter living near Southampton and was very familiar with this part of the coast, overlooking the Isle of Wight. He was a salaried war artist with an honorary commission of Captain in the Royal Marines and would have been able to paint from his own observations. His wartime style has been compared to the sixteenth century Flemish painter Pieter Breughel whose work shows a similar attention to distant detail and purposeful activities. Indeed, the gaping ship’s doors seem to echo Breughel’s Mouth of Hell, making a visual equation between war and hell which agrees with Eurich’s Quaker background and beliefs.Here are some more of his paintings in the Imperial War Museum
- Air Fight over Portland, 1940
- Dunkirk Beaches, 1940
- The Raid on the Bruneval Radio-location Station, 27th-28th February 1942
- A Destroyer Rescuing Survivors
Interestingly - and this is what I was referencing when I said some websites might be lisleading - he isn't on any of the lists of war artists and yet has clearly been one. See
Who painted this #41? Congratulations to Roger Brown (Art Of The Wild by Roger Brown)
who was first with the name of the artist and all the other available details.
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