Multicoloured dots on a grey ground is one of a series of six such studies that Wood made, all with varying colours.
Literature: Tate Etc, issue 7, summer 2006, “Every Work of Art is a Child of its Time…” illustrated p 43
Framed in a white shadow box on hessian ground.
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.
This painting was featured in Adrian Glew’s article on the influence of Kandinsky on British Art:
“Whilst 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 the canvas.”
A near identical canvas by Wood is in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art