Edward Burra, The Taverna, 1924
An excerpt from a letter to Conrad Aiken from Edward Burra:
I hate houses & don’t care about them at all or furniture of dinky all atomic kitchens or anything like that at all, nor do I care for this horrid little Beautee spot now becoming a kind of overblown gift shoppe with pottery plaques with the name of the house on every sweet little place all the old inhabitants have moved or moved themselves to council estates on the outskirts so the enter is completely given over to gyfterie and other forms of perversion.
Here’s a treat:
Burra’s the artist, of all artists of the 20th Century, I feel closest to.
My favorite quote from the video is when Burra says that he doesn’t know any other artists: “They may have started out as artists, but they ended up as something else, strange as it may seem.”