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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: The Mainstone Press; First Edition edition (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955277760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955277764
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Russell is the curator of the 2015 exhibition 'Ravilious', at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and author of the accompanying catalogue. When not curating exhibitions, he writes and lectures about 20th century British art, particularly mid-century landscape painting and design. His four-volume series 'Ravilious in Pictures' (Mainstone Press) celebrates the life and work of English designer, printmaker and watercolourist Eric Ravilious (1903-42), exploring the stories and characters concealed behind his mesmerizing paintings.

James has travelled far and wide both to research the books and to give talks on the subject, and has enjoyed every minute; you can find descriptions of his travels, photos and other fascinating stuff on his blog, jamesrussellontheweb.blogspot.com.

In other news, James's book 'Edward Seago' (1910-74) examines both the life and work of the artist best known for his paintings of Norfolk landscapes and friendship with various members of the Royal family. Readers may be surprised to see wonderful paintings and drawings of diverse subjects, from travelling circuses to 1960s Hong Kong.

Even fuller of surprises is 'Peggy Angus: Designer, Teacher, Painter', which accompanied a 2014 exhibition at Towner, Eastbourne. A fellow student of Ravilious, Bawden and co. at the RCA, Peggy Angus (1904-93) lived according to her deeply felt philosophy that art should be an integral part of life. A childhood in Chile and visits to Soviet Russia played a crucial role in her development, making her story, among other things, a classic 20th century life.

A father of two, James plays guitar in one of South Bristol's more adventurous indie covers bands, and may be found in the autumn months gathering apples for cidermaking - see 'The Naked Guide to Cider' for further details.

If you want to find out more, why not visit jamesrussellontheweb.blogspot.com?

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gregory S. Buzwell VINE VOICE on 27 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
There is something quiet and understated about the work of Eric Ravilious, something almost elegiac. This particular volume, the third in a series, focuses on watercolours inspired by the landscape of Essex and Suffolk and highlights many of the themes that made Ravilious such a brilliant artist and his work so poignant for the viewer. The painting reproduced opposite the title page - 'Talbot-Darracq' - serves as a fine example. The picture is of a car, once elegant and grand but now decaying in a quiet corner of a scrapyard, its components bleached by the sun and rusted by the rain. Grass grows up around its wheels and tangled pieces of wire and scraps of metal lay strewn in the foreground. The whole image is one of decay, of manmade artifacts being reclaimed by nature, and yet the picture is sublimely beautiful, elegant and even strangely, surreally uplifting. Ravilious was always brilliant at finding beauty in the most unexpected of places.

The book contains just over twenty watercolours, each beautifully reproduced on its own page and each accompanied by a commentary of about 200 words. The text is quite relaxed and makes observations about where the images were painted and what was happening in Ravilious' life at the time. Some of the comments are rather wonderful - one image is of a vicarage and the accompanying paragraphs point out that when Ravilious introduced himself to the new vicar he was delighted to discover him burning the temperance hymn books of his predecessor. By taking a playful stance the text manages to make the pictures seem more personal and, as a result, it allows Ravilious the man to shine through.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Haycock on 7 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Eric Ravllious and his (briefly) teacher Paul Nash were, in my opinion, two of the finest British watercolourists of the twentieth century. This series of books on Ravilious serve him very well indeed: beautifully produced books, with high class reproductions, and text that is of just the right detail and length. Everything that an art book should be.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By nadine on 12 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully produced book about an artist who deserves more recognition.Gentle, muted water colours. A tragedy that he died so young, it would have been fascinating to see what he would have done in the post-war years.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Huddleston on 25 Aug. 2011
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This is the third in a wonderful series of Ravilious's books of England. His watercolours are very evocative of the English countryside with his beautiful colours faithfully reoproduced. My favourite is 'The Brickyard' with an old farmyard steam engine standing abandoned in a brickyard. This series reminds us of the loss at an early age of a war artist painter who failed to return after a rescue flight from Iceland.

Robert Huddleston
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