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CHRISTOPHER 'KIT' WOOD (1901-1930)
Bridge over the Seine



Exhibited - Redfern Gallery, London, 1959, where purchased by Mrs Littlewood

Provenance - Bonhams, Bond Street, London - 26 June 2007, lot 8

Pastel, dated '26' lower right
9" x 12" (23cm x 31cm)
Price on application

Christopher Wood (known as 'Kit' to his friends) was born near Liverpool and studied architecture before turning to painting. In March 1921, at the invitation of the influential collector and patron, Alphonse Kahn, Wood joined the artistic exodus to Paris and moved into Kahn's house, 41 Bois de Boulogne. Kahn also helped Wood acquire a studio in the rue des Saints Peres, which runs adjacent to the left bank of the Seine. He met Picasso and was influenced by modern French art. In 1926 he met Ben Nicholson, becoming best friends and founding the St Ives School. Several books and TV documentaries have been dedicated to him.

The muted palette is brought to life by vivid flashes of red and is typical of his work.

Included in the sale is the book, Christopher Wood - "His life and work" by Eric Newton - The Redfern Gallery, London 1959