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Coast Scene with Rainbow
Coast Scene with Rainbow
© Courtesy of the artist's estate/Bridgeman Art Library 
Artist 
Richard Ernst Eurich
Title 
Coast Scene with Rainbow  
Date  
1952-1953
Medium  
Oil on canvas
Dimensions  
122.5(H) x 183.5(W)
Inscription  
br: R Eurich / 1952.3
Acquisition  
Purchased from Redfern Gallery, January 1954
Number  
2518
Description

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.
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