Washing Line, circa 1930
Mounted (ref: 5707)
Watercolour and pastel-crayon
15 x 22 in. (38 x 56 cm.)
Tags: James Wood crayon pastel watercolour still lives
Provenance: Jas Woods daughter; thence by descent.
Literature: Tate Etc, issue 7, summer 2006, "Every Work of Art is a Child of its Time..."
The medium of this drawing is watercolour, and pastel, the latter used in the form of a pastel crayon much favoured by the artist.
his artistic and literary career Jas Wood sought to define beauty. With
fellow authors C. K Ogden and I. A. Richards he wrote The Foundation of
Aesthetics (1922) and following this Colour Harmony, in which he
explored colour as a language in its own right. He had a deep admiration
for Kandinsky and at this time owned an important early work by the
Wood was featured in Adrian Glew's article on the influence of Kandinsky on British Art:
most of these artists moved on to different ends - Nevinson would
launch the Futurist manifesto with Marinette several months later - the
most specific, enduring, yet least known influence of Kandinsky on
British artists at that time was on James Wood. He had absorbed the
lessons on colour theory, particularly those establishing
correspondences between colour and musical tones, when studying at
Percyval-Hart's art school in Paris in 1909, .... . These views were
mirrored in Wood's own paintings, where the colour correspondences serve
specific functions and where the image vibrates and resonates beyond
An oil painting by Wood is in the collection of the Yale Centre for British Art.We are grateful to Maisie Hill for assistance