Six Facets Of Light

Author: Ann Wroe

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 147352363X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 320

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‘She’s a genius, I believe, because she lights up every subject she touches.’ Hilary Mantel A Spectator Book of the Year Goethe claimed to know what light was. Galileo and Einstein both confessed they didn’t. On the essential nature of light, and how it operates, the scientific jury is still out. There is still time, therefore, to listen to painters and poets on the subject. They, after all, spend their lives pursuing light and trying to tie it down. Six Facets of Light is a series of meditations on this most elusive and alluring feature of human life. Set mostly on the Downs and coastline of East Sussex, the most luminous part of England, it interweaves a walker’s experiences of light in Nature with the observations, jottings and thoughts of a dozen writers and painters – and some scientists – who have wrestled to define and understand light. From Hopkins to Turner, Coleridge to Whitman, Fra Angelico to Newton, Ravilious to Dante, the mystery of light is teased out and pondered on. Some of the results are surprising. By using mostly notebooks and sketchbooks, this book becomes a portrait of the transitoriness, randomness, swiftness, frustrations and quicksilver beauty that are the essence of light. It is a work to be enjoyed, pondered over, engaged with, provoked by; to be packed in the rucksack of every walker heading for the sea or the hills, or to be opened to bring that outside radiance within four dark town walls.
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Eric Ravilious

imagined realities

Author: Alan Powers,Imperial War Museum (Great Britain)

Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 144

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The English artist Eric Ravilious (1903-42) was a painter of watercolours and murals, a book illustrator in wood engraving and lithography, and a designer of transfer-ware, pottery and porcelain. From 1939 till his death he was an Official War Artist. This book presents a full retrospective of all aspects of his work, culminating in the final phase of his war artist work. Ravilious is well known to a circle of collectors and admirers who feel no need to explain his work. Partly as a result of this, he has tended to remain isolated from the broader art historical narratives of the period. This book is the first sustained attempt to understand his appeal and importance using a wider artistic and historical context. In addition to being a straight retrospective the book interprets Ravilious's work on the basis of documentary sources and more recent readings of art and ideas. The book positions Ravilious in a European and American context of the period, identifying artists and designers whose work shows similar characteristics and require a historical grouping separate from modernism. The combination of 'fine' and 'applied' art in Ravilious's oeuvre is explored as an exemplar of the Art and Industry movement of the inter-war period which ran parallel to modernism. The book also deals with the questions of English identity that arise from Ravilious's work and his important role in developing new perceptions of Englishness in the period. The book accompanies an exhibition opening at the Imperial War Museum, London, in October 2003.
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British wood-engraved book illustration, 1904-1940

a break with tradition

Author: Joanna Selborne

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 433

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Twentieth-century British wood-engraved book illustration up to the beginning of World War II was among the most versatile and inventive of the graphic arts. In a climate of typographical renaissance, various wood engravers made a significant impact on the appearance of the printed page, transforming good books into works of art and influencing modern standards of book production. This book reveals the methods by which these pioneering artists broke with nineteenth-century illustrative practices. The author surveys the subject in relation to the cultural and historical background, and within a context of mainstream developments in the visual arts, places emphasis on the working relationships of illustrators with both private presses and commercial publishers.
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The England of Eric Ravilious

Author: Freda Constable,Sue Simon

Publisher: Lund Humphries Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780853318804

Category: Art

Page: 64

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Acknowledged as one of the greatest English wood-engravers, Eric Ravilious was also a serious landscape watercolourist. This aspect of his oeuvre was generally neglected until the publication of The England of Eric Ravilious, a study hailed on publicatin as 'an irresistible book about a still underrated artist.'
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