Light Coastal Forces Blow Up An Enemy Merchantman

Light Coastal Forces Blow Up An Enemy Merchantman
Richard Eurich
Light Coastal Forces Blow Up An Enemy Merchantman

oil on canvas
76.0 x 101.3cm
CWM 19710261-6082

In a 2003 catalogue accompanying an exhibition of Eurich’s visionary works of art, Peyton Skipwith noted that the artist:

did not witness in person the great events [of war] which he recorded so passionately and dramatically, but with his knowledge of the “structure” of the sea, combined with sketches made whilst travelling along the Franco-Belgian coast, eyewitness accounts and photographs, he was able, quickly and masterfully, to interpret these scenes not only as great art, but in a manner that convinced those who had participated of their absolute veracity.

The British War Artists Advisory Committee gave this painting to Canada after the war.