Coast Scene with Rainbow

Richard Ernst Eurich (1903 - 1992)

Oil on canvas

1952-1953

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Whitehall

    Arching across a dark, troubled sky, a glorious rainbow appears like a symbol of hope in Richard Eurich’s painting, ‘Coast Scene with Rainbow’. Stormy waves lash against a harbour as the fall of the rainbow’s curve directs our attention to a group of young bathers standing against the wall. Nearby, a boat called ‘Verity’ (‘Truth’), lies on the beach, its presence instilling an air of optimism winning over adversity. Eurich painted this work in the early 1950s, a period during which he wrote his autobiography. The scene is not based on a particular place, instead it represents a nostalgic evocation of his memories of childhood holidays. He became fascinated by the sea from an early age, most noticeably after a school visit to Sandsend near Whitby and from family visits to Chesil Beach in Dorset. Known chiefly for his paintings of the sea, Eurich was especially inspired by the dramatic seascapes of his lifelong hero, J. M. W. Turner.

  • About the artist
    Richard Eurich studied at Bradford School of Art and the Slade School. Shortly after his marriage he and his wife, an art teacher, moved to Dibden Purlieu close to Southampton Water and thus to the sea, where he lived for the rest of his life. During the Second World War Eurich became an Official War Artist, and painted scenes involving the sea, mostly of ships, but one or two of air combats. Several are now in the National Maritime Museum and the Imperial War Museum. The last major exhibition of his work, entitled 'Richard Eurich: from Dunkirk to D-Day', took place at the Imperial War Museum in 1991, which brought together almost 40 of his war paintings.
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  • Details
    Title
    Coast Scene with Rainbow
    Date
    1952-1953
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 122.50 cm, width: 183.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Redfern Gallery, January 1954
    Inscription
    br: R Eurich / 1952.3
    GAC number
    2518