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Ravel's World Without Words

Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize.
Charcoal on paper.
Size: 8.3 H x 11.7 W x 0 in

Jerwood Catalogue Text:

I grew up with a beautiful recording of Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin by Philip Jenkins. When I was thinking about titles for this drawing I learned that when Ravel was 57, he was in a bad car crash and subsequently suffered aphasia (a speech impediment caused by brain injury). As a result, Ravel could no longer write down the music in his head ['...the singing in my head'.] This drawing was taken from a photo of Ravel; I invented a garden around him. Ravel never notated his music again. He died five years later after experimental brain surgery.