Eric Ravilious

Eric William Ravilious (1903 –1942) was an English painter, designer, book illustrator and wood engraver.

He grew up in Sussex, and is particularly known for his watercolours of the South Downs.

Ravilious studied at Eastbourne School of Art, and at the Royal College of Art, where he studied under Paul Nash. He became close friends with Edward Bawden, and from 1924, studied under Paul Nash. Nash, an enthusiast for wood engraving, encouraged him in the technique, and was impressed enough by his work to propose him for membership of the Society of Wood Engravers in 1925, and helped him to get commissions.

Ravilious is particularly known for his watercolours of the South Downs, Castle Hedingham, and other English landscapes, which examine English landscape and vernacular art with an off-kilter, modernist sensibility and clarity. He served as a war artist and was the first British war artist to die on active service in World War II when the aircraft he was in was lost off Iceland.

Eric Ravilious

Eric William Ravilious (1903 –1942) was an English painter, designer, book illustrator and wood engraver.

He grew up in Sussex, and is particularly known for his watercolours of the South Downs.

Ravilious studied at Eastbourne School of Art, and at the Royal College of Art, where he studied under Paul Nash. He became close friends with Edward Bawden, and from 1924, studied under Paul Nash. Nash, an enthusiast for wood engraving, encouraged him in the technique, and was impressed enough by his work to propose him for membership of the Society of Wood Engravers in 1925, and helped him to get commissions.

Ravilious is particularly known for his watercolours of the South Downs, Castle Hedingham, and other English landscapes, which examine English landscape and vernacular art with an off-kilter, modernist sensibility and clarity. He served as a war artist and was the first British war artist to die on active service in World War II when the aircraft he was in was lost off Iceland.

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