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Still Life with Tureen and Fruit

Christopher Wood, 1925

WAG 3026

About this object

This painting depicts a traditional still life subject, popular with British modernists of the 1920s. Its flattened composition and strong outlines show the influence of the French painters Picasso and Braque, whilst the painterly style is reminiscent of Fauvist painter Maurice Vlaminck.

Christopher Wood was born in Knowsley, Merseyside in 1901. His father was a doctor on the Earl of Derby’s estate. The period between 1925 and 1926, when this still life was painted, was a particularly important time in the life of Christopher Wood. Though only taking up oil painting two years earlier, by 1925 Wood was moving in the highest artistic and social circles in Paris. This was largely thanks to his relationship with the incredibly well-connected Chilean socialite and diplomat, Antonio de Gandarillas, who had introduced him to influential avant-garde artists such as Jean Cocteau. In early 1926, Gandarillas's aunt, the innovator of minalismist interior design and renowned patron of the arts Eugenia Errázuriz (1860–1951), brought Picasso to see Wood's studio. His positive words of encouragement greatly inspired Wood. Later that year, he had his first exhibition with Paul Nash at the Redfern Gallery, London and began working on designs for the ballet impresario Serge Diaghilev. In the summer of that year, he also began a short-lived and stormy relationship with Jeanne Bourgoint, the inspiration for the character of Elizabeth in Cocteau's famous novel 'Les Enfants Terrible'. She became a model for several of his drawings and paintings.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Christopher Wood (British: English, born:1901-04-07, died:1930-08-21)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Medium and Technique = Oil; Support = Board
  • Measurements
    49.2 cm x 59.3 cm x 8 cm; 19 3/8 in x 23 3/8 in x 3 1/8 in
  • Physical description
    A conventional still life, with an element of cubism, showing white tureen on left and a plate of fruit on right. Painted in muted colours.
  • Related people
    The Redfern Gallery (Previous owner) ; Christopher Wood (Artist/maker) ; Clare Wood (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 3026
  • Credit line
    Purchased 1959
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • The Redfern Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1959-06-13
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery through Christopher Wood Retrospective Exhibition in 1959, No.84
  • Clare Wood

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Fine Art
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