This exhibition tells the story of Eric and Tirzah Ravilious' artistic life together, presenting the parallels in their work and the influence they had on each other’s creativity.
The exhibition is devoted to the work of Eric Ravilious and his wife Tirzah, two artists whose lives were both prematurely cut short. Eric died in 1942, aged 39, while serving as a war artist; Tirzah (née Garwood) died in 1951, aged 42. Despite this, they have a unique place in 20th-century art.
It is the first time the careers and work of Ravilious and Garwood have been seen from an intertwined personal perspective. Over 150 items are on display including watercolours, oils, ceramics, marbled papers, box constructions and wood engravings, together with two fine oil portraits of Eric and Tirzah.
Works from the North West Essex Collection sit alongside loans from private collections. As some of the works have rarely, if ever, been on public display before, this exciting exhibition promises not only to have a unique focus on the lives of Ravilious and Garwood as a couple, but will also be an intriguing discovery of some of their previously unseen work.