Eric Ravilious – February

Time for a calendar picture from my lovely Eric Ravilious calendar for this year.

The 2016 calendar features woodcuts. I’m much more familiar with the watercolours, notably those of Sussex and Wiltshire but I have to admit a liking for these somewhat surreal black and white woodcuts. Here’s February.


Now that’s weird!

This was created for ‘Fifty-four Conceits’. This was a collection of epitaphs and epigrams compiled by Martin Armstrong with wood engravings by ‘Rav’. It was published in 1933. It sounds a Fascinating little book, but as it seems to be available for about £900 I don’t think I’ll be getting a copy.

The slightly moving point here is that this could have been attached to an epitaph for Ravilious himself since he died when his military plane crashed in the North Sea off Iceland.

A caption on the calendar reminds us that Eric studied under British surrealist painter Paul Nash who encouraged him to take up wood engraving. That could explain the surreal look in this image.



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