The Shadow (1976)
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The Shadow

1976

Lady on the beach, reclining aslant towards me with your golden pendant and your unexpected watch, what do you see as you gaze across to the island? There you are, echoed, almost mirrored along it’s foreshore with greenery above and a house looking away. Or are you in conversation with the man standing before you? Why does he rest his hands upon his head? Is he frowning, anguishing about something that has been said? To lift one’s arms aloft in such a way stretches out the chest, opening the lungs to fresh air, the mind to fresh thoughts. And look, …

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Lady on the beach, reclining aslant towards me with your golden pendant and your unexpected watch, what do you see as you gaze across to the island? There you are, echoed, almost mirrored along it’s foreshore with greenery above and a house looking away. Or are you in conversation with the man standing before you? Why does he rest his hands upon his head? Is he frowning, anguishing about something that has been said? To lift one’s arms aloft in such a way stretches out the chest, opening the lungs to fresh air, the mind to fresh thoughts. And look, there on the horizon, yet another echo, almost dissolving two thirds across the sky, an idea is forming in his shadow.

    So whilst a man kneels to arrange his net for the sea, the waves gently whiten as they meet along the beach, a small picnic sits forgotten, there is the reach of shapes which respond to themselves, a pattern: woman, man and yachts. The movement of the sky subtly offers itself as a still canvas for the semi-sunlight and the whisper of the shadow watching me as I look.

Provenance

EXHIBITED | 26th Apr to 20th May 1977

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

Cat 71

EXHIBITED | 19th May to 12th Aug 1979

"Summer Exhibition 1979" - Royal Academy of Arts, London

Cat 471

ACQUIRED | 1979

purchased from the RA via The Fine Art Society ?

AUCTIONED | 3rd Mar 1998

"[title unknown]" - Phillips, London

lot 56, illustrated; bought in

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Provenance:

  • ACQUIRED - 1979 - purchased from the RA via The Fine Art Society ?
  • AUCTIONED - 3rd Mar 1998 - "[title unknown]", Phillips, London
    lot 56, illustrated; bought in

Exhibitions:

  • 26th Apr to 20th May 1977 - "Richard Eurich RA", The Fine Art Society, London    (toured to Fine Art Society, Edinburgh)
    Cat 71
  • 19th May to 12th Aug 1979 - "Summer Exhibition 1979", Royal Academy of Arts, London
    Cat 471

Notes:

  • None recorded.

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References:

  • The Art of Richard Eurich (Andrew Lambirth, pub. 2020: Lund Humphries, 170 colour illustrations, ISBN 9781848221727) [fig 110, pg 131]
  • Bridgeman Images [Art and media image library] [view image]
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