Richard Ernst Eurich RA, NEAC

Richard Ernst Eurich RA, NEAC

1903 - 1992

b. 1903 in Bradford, Yorkshire; d. 1992 in Southampton, Hampshire

Painter of marine and harbour scenes, landscapes, portraits and still-life subjects; also an Official War Artist.

Richard Eurich studied at Bradford School for Arts and Crafts (1920-24) and Slade School of Art, London (1924-27). In 1929 Eurich met fellow artist Christopher Wood (1901-30), a pioneer of modern British painting, who had a considerable impact upon his work and as a result Eurich began producing more simplified coastal and landscape scenes with heightened perspective and composition. The War Artists Advisory Committee commissioned from Eurich two paintings in 1940, one of which is titled Withdrawal from Dunkirk, June 1940 (National Maritime Museum, BHC0672) and depicts the chaotic conditions of the allied evacuation from Europe. With immediate success Eurich was asked to act as an Official War Artist to the Admiralty, helping to document the war at sea between 1941 and 1945. Eurich's powerful war imagery, often depicting intense sea battles, is evident in a large number of his war works. One such example is titled The Landing at Dieppe, 19th August 1942 (Tate collection, dated 1942-3. N05691) and is further typical of Eurich's war work in that it is a panoramic view painted onto a large canvas. Eurich received his first one-man show at Goupil Gallery in 1929 (drawings) and another at Redfern Gallery in 1933 (paintings). After the war Eurich taught at the Camberwell School of Art between 1949 and 1968, and was the subject of a retrospective exhibition 1951 at Bradford City Art Gallery (and again in 1980). He became a member of the New English Art Cub in 1943 and was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1942, receiving his full membership in 1953. He was also appointed OBE in 1984. Eurich’s paintings are well known for their intricate detail and subject diversity, although much of his output was as an Official War Artist.

Eurich is represented by a number of public collections including the Imperial War Museum, Tate, Royal Academy of Arts, Government Art Collection, and National Maritime Museum. Regional collections include those in Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Chichester, Darlington, Hampshire, Hull, Kirklees, Leeds, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Preston, Rochdale, Sheffield, Southampton, Wakefield, among others.

(Benjamin Angwin - September 2014)