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Ravilious: Wood Engravings (British Wood Engravers) [Hardcover]

James Russell , Tim Mainstone , Eric William Ravilious
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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: The Mainstone Press (4 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0957666500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957666504
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A wood engraver's delight 11 Dec 2013
By S. J. Williams TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a lovely, if rather brief, book. It is beautifully designed too, as befits a catalogue of one of the most important wood engravers of the first half of the 20th century. Known more popularly for his other graphic output, Eric Ravilious was, as the excellent introduction asserts, 'above all a wood engraver'. That introduction gives an excellent outline of the context, both artistic and commercial, of the artist's engravings, a brief account of his all too brief life, followed by approximately 60 pages of the work. These ranges from the 'Everyman Library' devices, to book illustration, publishers' catalogue title pages, art prints, book plates and so on. It is a rich treasure trove and an absolute delight.

Ravilious' style is quite unmistakable: bold and witty in design elements, the more illustrative work is characterised by a bold modernist style which also echoes woodcut illustration of earlier centuries. Lovely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas treat 29 Nov 2013
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This was a Xmas present to myself ,,, love it ,,, wood engraving is such a happy medium ,,,, its all good +++++
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 3 Jan 2014
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This was a Christmas present, from a friend who knows I love the work of Ravilious... the book has wonderful illustrations is quite simply inspirational! GET IT and see for yourself with your own eyes, you won't be disappointed :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented book 29 Nov 2013
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Whilst Ravillious is known mostly for his beautiful colour paintings and posters, this book of black & white engravings really surprises - they capture the subject, often the English countryside or small towns, with great tenderness.
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