Eric Ravilious: Landscapes & Nature

Eric Ravilious: Landscapes & Nature


Thames & Hudson

Nature and natural forms permeated the work of the English artist Eric Ravilious (1903–1942). Designer, painter, printmaker and illustrator, he is best known for his depictions of the English landscape, particularly the South Downs. Often described as a particularly ‘English’ artist, his ability to convey in watercolour the vagaries of the British climate is key to his style. His engagement with nature was romantic rather than precise, and he used many different techniques to express his appreciation of the natural world, as seen here in over 100 images drawn from the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum. During his later work as a war artist, an RAF aircraft Ravilious was on failed to return and he was declared dead, his body never recovered.

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