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James Wood (1889-1975):
Passe-partout (ref: 4919)
Oil on canvas
10 x 12 cm (19 x 21 cm framed)
Provenance: The Artist's Studio
Throughout 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 artist.
A colour study by Wood is in the collection of the Yale Centre for British Art. Referring to Kandinsky's influence on British Art in the 20th century Adrian Glew suggests that 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 the canvas." Tate Etc (issue 7 2006)