Edouard Ravel   (1878 - 1960)

Born in Paris three years after Maurice, Edouard also showed musical talent as a child, but was much more technically-minded than his brother, and in due course followed his father into the motor engineering business at Levallois-Perret. At the time of Maurice's final illness, Ravel's doctor described Edouard as being "extrêmement affectif". (Orenstein [1989], p.281)

For many years, he lodged with M. and Mme. Bonnet in Levallois, where he was manager in the Bonnet factory; after the death of Victor Bonnet in 1945, Edouard married his widow Angèle. (The grave of Victor and Angèle Bonnet is situated a short distance from that of the Ravel family in the cemetery of Levallois-Perret.) Edouard died childless in 1960, and with him that branch of the Ravel family died out.

Maurice and Edouard remained close throughout their lives, and Maurice would often stay with his brother in Levallois when he was visiting Paris from Montfort L'Amaury. The portrait of Edouard as a child hangs in the music-room at Le Belvédère, alongside the other paintings of Ravel's family.

Portrait of Edouard Ravel