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Ravilious in Pictures: War Paintings 2 [Hardcover]

James Russell , Tim Mainstone , Eric William Ravilious

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11 Nov 2010
Ravilious in Pictures: The War Paintings' celebrates and commemorates the wartime career of Eric Ravilious (1939-42), who died on active service in Iceland at the age of thirty-nine.

As an Official War Artist, Ravilious visited ports, naval bases and airfields around Britain, witnessed the Allied invasion and retreat from Norway and produced watercolours and lithographs of subjects ranging from the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal in action to the interior of a mobile pigeon loft. This remarkable body of work blends defiance with exhilaration and insists that there is a place for beauty in the darkest times.

`Ravilious in Pictures: The War Paintings', features twenty-two of these fascinating images, each accompanied by a short essay in which author James Russell explores the historical context of the work. Drawing on the artist's correspondence and other contemporary sources, these essays offer an unusual, intriguing vision of life during the early years of the war.

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James Russell 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 accompanies an exhibition at Towner, Eastbourne this summer (July-Sept 2014). 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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A lovely and melancholy new volume called Ravilious in Pictures: The War Paintings, with an engaging text by James Russell, is the latest venture by the Mainstone Press of Norfolk and an ideal Christmas gift.
--The Eastern Daily Press - Ian Collins 11 December 2010

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Ravilious in Pictures: The War Paintings is the second book in Ravilious trilogy, which began with Ravilious in Pictures: Sussex and the Downs (2009). A third title will follow in 2011.

The Mainstone Press is an independent fine art book publishing company based in Norfolk and London. It specialises in books on art history and design - in particular the work of Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) and Edward Bawden (1903-1989).

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