Fascinated by the special lighting at dawn or dusk, he usually worked
outdoors. The rest of the day or late into the the evenings he continued
working in his studio. He admitted admiring the « ancient » painters such
as LE POUSSIN or LE LORRAIN, also the « moderns » : TURNER, DELACROIX
During his lifetime, oblivious to fame, RAVIER practically never held any
exhibition of his work, which therefore was not referenced. His official
reputation thereby suffered, as did also his subsequent market value.
From his copious correspondancewe perceive his methods of working and
of interpreting Nature, his philosophy of Life, and his extremely audacious
art which influenced – or disturbed – most of his artist friends. These
referred to him as « Master ».
He does not hold the place he deserves in the world of Art History, despite
being mentioned as a “nugget of gold” in his own class. RAVIER is not
easily accessible, he must be merited