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Drawn to War: Enthralling New Film Detailing the Life and Times of British Artist Eric Ravlious

This exquisitely-crafted documentary makes a thorough and convincing case for Ravilious as a major figure in 20th-century art.

Eric Ravilious is as compelling and enigmatic as his art. Set against the dramatic wartime locations that inspire him, Margy Kinmonth’s film brings to life this brilliant but still grossly undervalued British artist. Caught in the crossfire of war 80 years ago, Ravilious’s legacy largely sank without trace, until now. Made with the blessing of the Ravilious Estate, this first full-length feature documentary about Ravilious unfolds in his own words, through previously unseen private correspondence and rare archive film.


'Eric Ravilious - Drawn to War' features an impressive line-up of talking heads from Grayson Perry to Alan Bennett and bestselling author Robert Macfarlane, who writes about the ancient pathways in Ravilious’ paintings of the South Downs – the beloved Sussex landscape of Ravilious’ childhood as seen in the classic painting 'Chalk Paths'.


Painter Eric Ravilious was born in 1903 and studied at the Royal College of Art. He became renowned for his murals, woodcut illustrating books, and ceramic designs for companies such as Wedgwood. In 1930 he married fellow art student Tirzah Garwood and despite his affairs, they stayed together until his death, when the air-sea rescue plane he was flying in was lost at sea. Their letters are beautifully read by Freddie Fox and actress Tamsin Greig.


Many of the watercolours featured in 'Drawn to War' are available as Limited Edition Art Prints from our website including many rare war paintings. These include 'Tea at Furlongs' and 'Leaving Scapa Flow'


We also supply prints to art galleries, museums, picture framers, gift shops and other trade customers. Please contact us for our trade pricelist.


Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War is released on 1 July in cinemas.


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