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The Picnic by John O'Connor

The Picnic by John O'Connor

A major part of O'Connor's output was book illustration using wood engraving and lithography, techniques he learned at the Royal College of Art under the tutelage of Eric Ravilious. In this lyrical image we see a representation of an idyllic English summer; the picnickers and the countryside surrounding them are full of movement and energy. The clear colours are layered in such a way that it is as if light is shining through them.