Robin Hood's Bay in Wartime

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One of a group of 11 oil paintings by Eurich, an official War Artist, allocated to the National Maritime Museum after the Second World War. This was his first war-time commission, together with a companion work, 'Fishing Boats at Whitby Bay'. Robin Hood's Bay has always been a popular subject for artists, and it was there Eurich learnt to paint as a schoolboy. He also saw the sea as 'a symbol of a certain loneliness which I have always desired'. The serenity of the scene contrasts with the knowledge of the brutality of the unfolding war, and the artist claimed that during this period of the phoney war he experienced a difficulty in differentiating this scene from a similar one in peacetime. Few people appear on the street, the doors and windows of the houses are closed, and a solitary fisherman sits on the left attending to the weights attached to his fishing nets.

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Robin Hood's Bay in Wartime




oil on canvas


H 63.5 x W 76.2 cm

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