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Maurice Ravel

(1875-1937), Composer and pianist

Sitter in 3 portraits
One of France’s pre-eminent composers. He joined the Thirteenth Artillery Regiment as a lorry driver in March 1915, transporting munitions within close range of enemy gunfire. With his physical and mental health deteriorating, Ravel was provisionally discharged in June 1917. Ravel composed little during the war years, the most notable of which, Le tombeau de Couperin (1914-17), memorialised six friends killed during the war in each movement. With diminished physical and mental stamina, Ravel composed less in the years after the war and adopted a more pared back style. He wrote his most famous work, Boléro in 1928.

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Maurice Ravel, by Elsie Gordon - NPG x20654

Maurice Ravel

by Elsie Gordon
snapshot print, 1928
NPG x20654

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Maurice Ravel

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1961
NPG x82657

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Maurice Ravel

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x91085



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