Christopher Wood (English painter)

Christopher Wood (English Painter)

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John Christopher Wood (7 April 1901 – 21 August 1930), often called Kit Wood, was an English painter born in Knowsley, near Liverpool.


Early life

Christopher Wood was born in Knowsley to Doctor Lucius and Clare Wood. He was educated at Marlborough College in Wiltshire, then briefly flirted with medicine and architecture at Liverpool University before pursuing an artistic career.

Artistic Career

Wood met Augustus John at Liverpool University who encouraged him to be a painter, and the French collector Alphonse Kahn invited him to Paris in 1920. From 1921 he trained as a painter at the Academie Julian in Paris, where he met Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Georges Auric and Diaghilev. He travelled around Europe and north Africa between 1922 and 1924.

By the 1920's his father was running a General Practice in Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, and Kit painted a series of canvases there including Cottage in Broadchalke, Anemones in a Window, Broadchalke, and The Red Cottage, Broadchalke.

In 1926 Wood created designs for Romeo and Juliet for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, although they were never used. The same year he became a member of both the London......
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