Dulwich Picture Gallery is to present a first major show of work by the celebrated Btitish artist and designer, Eric Ravilious (1903-42). Curated by James Russell, a leading specialist on Eric Ravilious, the exhibition will follow the evolution of a remarkable talent and cement the artist’s position as one of the finest watercolourists of his era.
Ravilious, whose astonishingly prolific career spanned peace and war, is widely considered one of the key figures in mid-20th century British design. Featuring iconic paintings such as Westbury Horse (1939) and Train Landscape (1940) alongside rarely seen works from private collections, the exhibition provides an inspiring look at his work between the mid-1920s and his death in 1942.
A focused selection of over 90 watercolours, complemented by selected lithographs, wood engravings and archive materials, will highlight common characteristics in Ravilious’s painting, ultimately bringing us closer to understanding the motives and ideas of an artist who famously said little about his work.
Loans for this exhibition have been secured from a number of lenders including Towner, The Fry Art Gallery, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Imperial War Museum, Tate, Leeds Museums and Galleries, Royal College of Art, The British Council, as well as multiple private lenders.
Image: Eric Ravilious, Dangerous Work at Low Tide, 1940, Watercolour and pencil on paper, Image courtesy of Ministry of Defence, Crown Copyright 2015