Christopher Wood (1901 – 1930)

Augustus John encouraged him to be a painter and the French collector Alphonse Kahn invited him to Paris in 1920. From 1921 he trained at the Academie Julian where he met PIcasso, Jean Cocteau and Diaghilev for whom he created designs for a Romeo and Juliet. He also worked closely with Ben and Winifred Nicolson and they painted together in Northumberland and Cornwall.They admired the primitivism of Alfred Wallis and this affected Woods stylistic development. Wood painted his finest works of coastal in Brittany from 1929 until his tragic death in August of 1930.