Christopher Wood Boat in Harbour, Brittany 1929

Artwork details

Artist
Christopher Wood 1901–1930
Title
Boat in Harbour, Brittany
Date 1929
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 794 x 1086 mm
frame: 917 x 1215 x 91 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Lucy Carrington Wertheim 1962
Reference
T00489
Not on display

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Though in Brittany, this scene is similar to many works painted by Wood in Cornwall. Towards the end of his short life, Wood spent periods working in both places in pursuit of a ‘naïve’ style of painting. In 1928 he visited Cornwall with his friends Ben and Winifred Nicholson. In St Ives the two men came across Alfred Wallis, whose ‘primitive’, child-like paintings made a deep impression on their subsequent work. For them, adopting Wallis’s instinctive style allowed them to reject the artificiality of established painting for a more authentic mode of expression.

July 2007

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