Artist(s): Christopher Wood
Author(s): Katy Norris
Year published: July 2016
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: Chichester
Total Pages: 175
Illustrations: Colour throughout
The first fully illustrated account of the life and work of English painter Christopher Wood (1901–30), this authoritative work, which includes over 130 images, provides extensive visual analysis of individual paintings, set designs and drawings created by Wood in both Britain and France so bringing fresh perspective to his unique artistic development on both sides of the Channel. Wood’s short career drew on a multitude of influences, all of which contributed to the development of his faux-naïve style. His oscillation between diverse artistic reference points is borne out in Katy Norris’s fascinating narrative that analyses Wood’s engagement with the Parisian avant-garde on the one hand, and the attraction of the simpler life he encountered in Cornwall, Cumbria and Brittany on the other.
The emotional turmoil of his final years underlines the tensions between the two worlds that Wood inhabited and which he was ultimately was unable to reconcile. Filling a surprising gap in the published literature about this early 20th-century painter, Christopher Wood will appeal to readers who are yet to encounter Wood’s work, as well as collectors and enthusiasts.
Katy Norris is the Curator of Pallant House Gallery, one of the leading museums of modern art in the UK. She read History of Art at the University of Warwick and the Courtauld Institute of Art and has curated exhibitions on various themes in modern British art. Her publications include Sickert in Dieppe (2015).