Christopher WoodDouarnenez, Brittany 1930

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Artist
Christopher Wood (1901‑1930)
Title
Douarnenez, Brittany
Date 1930
MediumOil paint on board
Dimensionssupport: 330 x 460 mm frame: 415 x 545 x 37 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Alberta, Countess of Sandwich 1962
Reference
T00545
Not on display

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Christopher Wood (1900-30)

Douarnenez, Brittany 1930

T00545

Oil on cardboard 330 x 460 (13 x 18)

Inscribed on back in another hand:

Bequeathed by Alberta, Countess of Sandwich, 1962

Douarnenez, Brittanyis in a vulnerable state because it was painted on thin (2.5mm) cardboard which has delaminated in places. This is especially the case along the top edge, which was trimmed after the application to the front of the heavily brushed white oil ground. Some attempt was made to stabilise the card by painting size on the back. This is characteristic of the painter's own preparations. The texture of the ground intruded on that of the paint surface, which is briskly applied in places and for which a commercial Ripolin type of paint was used. In the sky, a horizontal band of blue appears to ooze over the lower band of white; both have discoloured… (read more)

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