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Ravilious in Pictures: Country Life 3 (Ravilious in Pictures 3) Hardcover – 1 Apr 2011

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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 (10 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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Arrived in good condition and promptly, as it was a Christmas present for someone else I can't comment on the content, but it went down very well with the recipient.
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