Christopher Wood (British 1901-1930)/Tulips and Hyacinths/oil on canvas mounted on board, 43.25cm x 53.25cm/Provenance: M V B Hill Esq. and thence by descent/Exhibited: Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, 1952/Literature: Eric Newton, Christopher Wood 1901-1930 (London; Redfern Gallery 1938) No. 174/estimate: £40 000 - 60 000 Christopher Wood (British 1901-1930)/Tulips and Hyacinths/oil on canvas mounted on board, 43.25cm x 53.25cm/Provenance: M V B Hill Esq. and thence by descent/Exhibited: Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, 1952/Literature: Eric Newton, Christopher Wood 1901-1930 (London; Redfern Gallery 1938) No. 174/estimate: £40 000 - 60 000

The piece, which sold at Chorley's on 22nd November, comes from 1926, just after the period the artist had travelled around Africa and Europe, where had met  Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Georges Auric and Diaghilev in Paris.

The same year Tulips and Hyacinths was painted, Wood was commissioned to design the set for the Diaghilev's Ballets Russes' production of Romeo and Juliet. His designs were never used, perhaps the romance of the ballet and Shakespeare's tale of star-cross'd lovers had inspired Wood's still life with flowers.

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