Christopher Wood at Kettle's Yard

Christopher Wood, Self-Portrait, 1927, oil on canvas, 1295 x 960 mm (© Kettle's
Christopher Wood, Self-Portrait, 1927, oil on canvas, 1295 x 960 mm (© Kettle's Yard)

Richard Moss previews an exhibition of works by Christopher Wood at Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, on view through September 1, 2013.

Moss writes: "Wood’s style was mature and lyrical and managed to subtly reference the innovations of Paris whilst reflecting some of the key landscape innovations taking root in his native country." Moss continues noting that Wood "fell under the spell of Alfred Wallis who he famously met on a fateful trip to St Ives with Ben Nicholson in 1928. From Wallis he absorbed a primitivism that seemed to suit his vibrantly rugged approach and an almost naïve method of painting figures within the landscapes that were to become a constant within his work – particularly the much admired coastal landscapes he painted in Brittany towards the end of his short life."