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Christopher Wood

Born 1901 – Died 1930

Wood was born in Liverpool. Through extended visits to Paris between 1921 and 1924 he came into contact with the European avant-garde, meeting Picasso and Jean Cocteau in 1923. In Britain he became close friends with Ben and Winifred Nicholson, painting with them in Cumberland in 1928. That year he also met Alfred Wallis on a visit to St. Ives with Ben Nicholson, and lived near Wallis for several months. He first visited Brittany in 1929, returning in 1930. During his Parisian years Wood was introduced to opium by Cocteau. He became addicted to it and was under the drug’s influence when he was killed by a train at Salisbury station.

Artworks

Painting

Self-Portrait, 1927

Christopher Wood

Self-Portrait Find out more

Painting

Building the Boat, Tréboul, 1930

Christopher Wood

Building the Boat, Tréboul Find out more

Painting

Flowers, 1930

Christopher Wood

Flowers Find out more

Painting

Boy with Cat (Jean Bourgoint), 1926

Christopher Wood

Boy with Cat (Jean Bourgoint) Find out more

Exhibitions

‘Flowers’ (1930) with Andrew Nairne

Stories

Alfred Wallis and Christopher Wood: A Meeting on Canvas

Find out more about this unique painting which is the work of Christopher Wood and Alfred Wallis.

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New Acquisition: Christopher Wood ‘The Play Ground’ (1928)

We are delighted to share a new acquisition to the Kettle’s Yard collection: The Play Ground (1928) by Christopher Wood.

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Meet the Maker: Just Trade

We spoke to Laura Cave, founder of Just Trade about their products available in the Kettle’s Yard shop. Click here to browse Just Trade.

Meet the Maker: Just Trade Read more

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