Candle on the Beach (1976)
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Candle on the Beach

1976

Oil on board
16.2 x 20.3 cm

Private Collection

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Recto: Signed and dated lower left: R. Eurich '76

Verso: Inscribed "Candle on the Beach 1976 Richard Eurich"; Richard Eurich Retrospective label - 100 Candle on the Beach, Property of [collector's name]; Fine Art Society label dated November 1979 E3/62 Exhibited: FAS 1977 (73).

candle fishing boat flame grey sky sea stones wick

This poem was written by a friend of the family in memory of Crispin, Richard's photographer son, who was loved by all who knew him.

The picture was painted during Crispin's illness.

 

A steep-to pebble beach or shore

            cobbled with skull-like flints

and, wedged between, a leaning stump

            of candle wafts and winks.

 

The grey sky is in shreds, the grey

            sea smudged with lumps of white.

A fishing boat thumps through these seas,

            …

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This poem was written by a friend of the family in memory of Crispin, Richard's photographer son, who was loved by all who knew him.

The picture was painted during Crispin's illness.

 

A steep-to pebble beach or shore

            cobbled with skull-like flints

and, wedged between, a leaning stump

            of candle wafts and winks.

 

The grey sky is in shreds, the grey

            sea smudged with lumps of white.

A fishing boat thumps through these seas,

            stemming wind and tide.

 

The smear of wet wind makes all grey

            but for the flag of flame,

tricked yellow to the wick, about

            to blow out so it seems.

 

The painter's son was dying from

            a tumour in the brain

that was inoperable, and so

            this silent scream of pain.

 

Provenance

EXHIBITED | 26th Apr to 20th May 1977

"Richard Eurich RA" - The Fine Art Society, London    (toured to Fine Art Society, Edinburgh)

Cat 73

EXHIBITED | 25th Nov 1979 to 20th Jan 1980

"Richard Eurich, RA - A Retrospective Exhibition" - Bradford City Art Gallery / Cartwright Hall, Bradford    (toured Glasgow, London, Southampton)

Cat 100, lent by The Fine Art Society

ACQUIRED | 1980

bought by private collector from the exhibition

IN COLLECTION | 2022

Private Collection

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Provenance:

  • ACQUIRED - 1980 - bought by private collector from the exhibition
  • IN COLLECTION - 2022 - Private Collection

Exhibitions:

  • 26th Apr to 20th May 1977 - "Richard Eurich RA", The Fine Art Society, London    (toured to Fine Art Society, Edinburgh)
    Cat 73
  • 25th Nov 1979 to 20th Jan 1980 - "Richard Eurich, RA - A Retrospective Exhibition", Bradford City Art Gallery / Cartwright Hall, Bradford    (toured Glasgow, London, Southampton)
    Cat 100, lent by The Fine Art Society

Notes:

  • None recorded.

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