From a watercolour on paper (1935). Location: South Downs, Sussex, England. Ravilious rarely depicts the human form – in fact, it is human absence which he often explores. There is evidence almost always – and as in this picture – of the land having been traversed and used: the paths are well-trodden, the fences zigzag their way across the terrain. But these man-made things stand in association to the absent walker or farmer; and the lack of actual presences can, perhaps, lend a certain tinge of sadness to what is, otherwise, such poignant beauty.
Giclée Print, on 280g thick 100% cotton rag paper