Eric Ravilious - The England of Eric Ravilious Book
This is an Open Edition Book on the artist Eric Ravilious
- Freda Constable with Sue Simon
Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) died at the age of thirty-nine when the Air Sea Rescue mission, which he was accompanying in his capacity as Official War Artist, failed to return to its base in Iceland. In his short working life he figured in a group of exceptionally gifted artists, including Edward Bawden and John Nash, who came into prominence just before the Second World War. He achieved considerable success with his design work in a variety of fields, and is acknowledged to be one of the greatest English wood-engravers. Eric Ravilious, however, felt that his most serious work was landscape painting in watercolour. Surprisingly, this material was generally neglected until the publication of The England of Eric Ravilious, a study hailed on publication as 'an irresistible book about a still underrated artist'. This re-issue marked the centenary of the artist's birth.
In his powerful yet exquisite watercolours, Eric Ravilious's England reveals itself as a country of rolling downland, quiet countryside, tranquil gardens, greenhouses and farmhouse interiors, the calm and beauty of which are threatened by the gathering storm of an imminent war.
Contents: Acknowledgements; List of Engravings; List of Plates; Chronology; The England of Eric Ravilious; The Plates.
About the Author: Freda Constable is author of John Constable (1975). Sue Simon, who died in 1978, was an authority on book illustrators of the 1930s.
Reviews: 'There is a haunting emblematic quality in Ravilious's patterned landscapes and scenic geometry, a plangency that has proved prophetic.' Christopher Wordsworth, The Guardian
'This beautiful book captures the legacy of Eric Ravilious.' Isabel Taylor, Albion Magazine
This superbly produced book, with its fine colour and black and white reproductions of Ravilious' work, is one of the few publications in print on an artist who did much to modernise the English watercolour.' Isabel Taylor, Albion Magazine.
- Imprint: Lund Humphries
- Illustrations: Includes 32 colour and 38 b&w illustrations
- Published: October 2006
- Format: 270 x 215 mm
- Extent: 104 pages
- Binding: Paperback
- ISBN: 978-0-85331-880-4