Eric Ravilious is not a household name, yet he is often hailed as one of Britain’s greatest landscape artists – alongside the likes of Turner and Constable.
We know that Ravilious visited Harwich in the summer of 1935, with his friend and fellow Great Bardfield artist, Edward Bawden. They were scouting for painting locations and were unimpressed with what they found – and we must accept that the working seaport of Harwich between the wars and in the depths of the great depression just could not supply the bucolic scenes that Ravilious and Bawden would become known for.
Just to show that there are no hard feelings the Electric Palace Cinema is screening a remarkable documentary about Ravilious on Sunday 14th August – a full length feature using the artist’s own words, with previously unseen private correspondence and rare archive footage. The film features Ai Weiwei, Alan Bennett, Grayson Perry and many more admirers of Ravilious’s work.
Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War is enjoying a limited run in British cinemas so this is your chance to find out about this brilliant but undervalued British artist. There are two screenings on Sunday 14th August at 2:30pm and 7:30pm – tickets are available online at electricpalace.com