Anemones In A Cornish Window by Christopher Wood


Anemones In A Cornish Window


Christopher Wood

Ref GM347
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 20" x 16" (50 x 40 cm)
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This is a beautiful, haunting painting, executed by Christopher Wood in the final year of his life. Wood was constantly developing his style during his short career, and his death in 1930, at the age of just 29, left generations of art historians to wonder just how prominent this fine young artist might have become had he lived. The final years of Wood’s life were among his most productive. He is considered to have entered his “mature” period in 1928, beginning to experiment with a range of backgrounds and brushwork techniques; and this blossoming of Wood’s talent may well have had much to do with the inspiration that he found in Cornwall, where he did much of his painting from that year onwards. The exact nature of Wood’s initial motivation to work in Cornwall is open to speculation – his mother’s Cornish ancestry was perhaps significant – but it was a decision that reaped rich rewards. On a visit to St Ives in 1928, Wood met the fisherman painter Alfred Wallis. Wallis’ naïve, primitive approach intrigued Wood, and it was to prove hugely important in the development of his personal style. Amid the turmoil of opium addiction, Wood found solace in the calm surrounds of Cornwall; he wrote that, when standing on the Cornish cliffs, he felt as though he were on “the very edge of the world”. The incalculably rich inspiration that Wood received in Cornwall was superbly distilled into the paintings that he produced there, of which this is a sublime example.