Dear Winifred… Christopher Wood: Letters to Winifred and Ben Nicholson, 1926-1930


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Edited by Anne Goodchild

Friend of Diaghilev, Cocteau and Picasso, Christopher Wood was a darling of the English modernist movement. He was a friend of Ben Nicholson and with him ‘discovered’ the primitive painter Alfred Wallis. His suicide at the age of 29 robbed the art world of a rising star.

Wood’s extensive correspondence with Winifred Nicholson forms one of the most important elements in an understanding of the man and his art during the last, and most productive, years of his brief life. With an intensity which matches the pace of work in his last four years, Wood’s words present both an extraordinary self portrait, and that of a deep and supportive friendship. Winifred’s replies have not survived, but the scope, honesty and freshness of Wood’s writing clearly reflects the inestimable importance of both Winifred and Ben Nicholson to his life and art in the late 1920s.

This edited, generous selection of the correspondence has an introduction by Anne Goodchild and is well illustrated.

ISBN 978-1-906593-99-5
244 x 165mm
128 pages
archive and colour illustrations