Eric Ravilious

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Eric Ravilious, "Train Landscape" (1939)

Trains In The Distance At Night: Siegfried Sassoon, Marcel Proust, And Emmylou Harris

I hold romantic notions about the sound of distant trains in the countryside at night. Perhaps this is due to the fact that I am a city dweller. Or perhaps it has something to do with country music -- Emmylou Harris singing "Tulsa Queen," for instance. Siegfried Sassoon wrote the following poem near the beginning of the Second World War: A Local Train of Thought Alone, in silence, at a certain time of night, Listening, and looking up from what I'm trying to write, I hear a local train along…

Eric Ravilious: Furlongs The Sussex Downs. Go and see this at The Ravilious Room at The Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne!

Familiar Visions: Eric Ravilious & the Sussex Downs

Last weekend I was in Eastbourne, where I attended the opening of 'Familiar Visions' and gave a talk on Eric Ravilious and the Sussex Downs. The show, of watercolours and woodcuts by Eric Ravilious and photographs by his son James, is beautiful. In part it's a celebration of two fascinating areas of England - Downland Sussex and North Devon - and in part an opportunity to view the work of two related artists. James photographed people, whereas Eric tended to leave them out of his paintings…

Eric Ravilious (1903‑1942) The Vale of the White Horse c.1939 Graphite and watercolour on paper

‘The Vale of the White Horse’, Eric Ravilious, c.1939 | Tate

Artwork page for ‘The Vale of the White Horse’, Eric Ravilious, c.1939 Ravilious saw himself as part of a long tradition of English landscape painters, and his use of flat watercolour recalls the work of John Sell Cotman in the early nineteenth century. However, his pictures often subvert tradition as much as echo it. His depiction of the countryside in the rain is familiar, but the low viewpoint makes the image disconcerting. This emphasises the mass of the hill and provides an unusual view…

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Eric Ravilious Cards and a Book from the Wet Paint Gallery

I am so pleased with the cards I bought at the current Wet Paint Gallery Exhibition - Bawden, Gill and Ravilious, I am going to frame them. I thought I'd share them with you first: The one above is 'Furlongs', a watercolour painted in 1934. This one is 'Tea at Furlongs', a watercolour painted in 1939. This one above is 'The Waterwheel', a watercolour painted unsure when. I left the card in it's Cellophane wrapper and it says 'Wedgewood Museum' at the top. This is entitled 'Garden Implements'…

Eric Ravilious  The Westbury Horse, 1939

Ravilious review – exhilarating, enthralling and outstandingly beautiful

The familiar genius of English graphic art, Eric Ravilious is revealed as far more complex and mysterious in this unmissable show

"The Cerne Abbas Giant" by Eric Ravilious, 1939

The Cerne Abbas Giant in Pictures

Frank Dobson, The Giant, Cerne Abbas, 1931 I came across this fabulous picture illustrating a review of Alexandra Harris's book 'Romantic Moderns' in The Art Newspaper. I particularly like the cloud preserving the giant's modesty and can imagine the conversations between the artist and Shell's advertising supremo Jack Beddington that led to its addition. Actually, it's the shadow cast by a cloud that conceals the celebrated phallus, which is surely a physical impossibility. The point is…

James Russell: Familiar Visions: Eric Ravilious & the Sussex Downs

Familiar Visions: Eric Ravilious & the Sussex Downs

Last weekend I was in Eastbourne, where I attended the opening of 'Familiar Visions' and gave a talk on Eric Ravilious and the Sussex Downs. The show, of watercolours and woodcuts by Eric Ravilious and photographs by his son James, is beautiful. In part it's a celebration of two fascinating areas of England - Downland Sussex and North Devon - and in part an opportunity to view the work of two related artists. James photographed people, whereas Eric tended to leave them out of his paintings…

Eric Ravilious: Green and pleasant land

Eric Ravilious: Green and pleasant land

It is an alphabet of things. It is like a childhood landscape, but with a very refined technique. It is one version of the English view, and at the very opposite end of Constable and Turner, with its stirring moods and thick lights. This earth and sky offer a very wide and clear sight, and each river, hill, wood has its shape. But there is also something mysterious in his art,

Robert Macfarlane walks the South Downs

Eric Ravilious, Chalk Paths Paths that cross Will cross again – Patti Smith Another brilliant series of essays this week on Radio 3’s The Essay in which Robert Macfarlane, author of The…

Eric Ravilious

Robert Macfarlane walks the South Downs

Eric Ravilious, Chalk Paths Paths that cross Will cross again – Patti Smith Another brilliant series of essays this week on Radio 3’s The Essay in which Robert Macfarlane, author of The…

'Downs in Winter', by Eric Ravilious, 1934. Eric Ravilious was born in Eastbourne and is the great draughtsman of the Downs. His tutor was the painter Paul Nash who was also interested in chalk landscapes. The whiteness of the landscape and the chalk hill figures were a particular inspiration

Robert Macfarlane walks the South Downs

Eric Ravilious, Chalk Paths Paths that cross Will cross again – Patti Smith Another brilliant series of essays this week on Radio 3’s The Essay in which Robert Macfarlane, author of The…