Tate, Christopher Wood- Boat In Harbour Brittany Framed Print, 42 x 52cm
Though in Brittany, this scene is similar to many works painted by Wood in Cornwall.
At 14 years of age, Wood began to draw during recuperation from septicaemia, and went on to study architecture briefly at Liverpool University. In 1920, the French collector Alphonse Kahn invited him to Paris, where Wood studied drawing at the Acad�ie Julian in 1921. By 1926 Wood was in a position to make designs for Romeo and Juliet for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. When these designs were abandoned at the last moment, he concentrated on England, becoming a member of the London Group in 1926 and the Seven and Five Society from 1926 to 1930. On a trip to St Ives, he and Ben Nicholson encountered the fisherman painter Alfred Wallis, whose work conveyed a shared interest in 'primitive' expression and helped Wood to establish his own personal style. A solo exhibition at Tooth's Gallery (April 1929) was followed by an exhibition with Nicholson at the Galerie Bernheim in Paris (May 1930), in which Wood showed paintings made in Brittany in 1929. Posthumous exhibitions were held at the Wertheim Gallery (Feb. 1931) and the Lefevre Galleries (1932). In 1938 Wood's paintings were included in the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In the same year a major exhibition was organised by the Redfern Gallery at the New Burlington Galleries, which attempted to re-unite Wood's complete works, and gave impetus to Neo-Romanticism.
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