Thursday, 28 November 2019

Eric Ravilious: Downland Man

Eric Ravilious, The Vale of the White Horse, 1939
Since researching 'Ravilious in Pictures: Sussex and the Downs' a dozen years ago I've been wanting to curate an exhibition devoted to the artist and the landscape he studied from boyhood. And now I've been given my chance.

'Eric Ravilious: Downland Man' will open at the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes, in the autumn of 2020 and we have some fabulous loans lined up. I've come to the realisation that Ravilious wasn't really a landscape painter, let alone a topographical artist. Although he started out emulating the 18th century watercolourists he admired, he developed a vision that had little to do with nature and much more to do with artifice. And he found in the Downs a great deal that was man-made.

But enough of that for now. The Wiltshire Museum is not a wealthy institution and its staff are busily fund-raising so that the exhibition can go ahead as planned. Do have a look at their website if you'd like to find out more...

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