About this artwork

The 'boy' in this painting is one of Wood's lovers, the artist Francis Rose. The work shows a hotel room in Tréboul, Brittany. Wood suffered from mental instability made worse by an opium habit. This problematic side to Wood's character sometimes surfaces in his art. The tarot cards lying on the bed may allude to worries about money and love, and perhaps also to danger; in any event they seem to tell of his troubled state of mind. A few months after completing this painting, Wood was killed by a train. Whether it was suicide, an accident, drug related or the result of mental instability, remains unclear.

  • title: Nude Boy in a Bedroom
  • accession number: GMA 1712
  • artist: Christopher WoodEnglish (1901 - 1930)
  • depicted: Francis Rose
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Love Nudity
  • materials: Oil on hardboard laid on plywood
  • date created: 1930
  • measurements: 53.80 x 65.00 cm (framed: 75.80 x 86.20 x 9.30 cm)
  • credit line: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Purchased 1978.

Christopher Wood

Christopher Wood

Wood was born near Liverpool and studied architecture before turning to painting. After spending time in London he moved to Paris in 1921. He met Picasso and became influenced by modern French art. In 1926 he met Ben and Winifred Nicholson who became close friends and whose fresh, consciously naïve style of painting influenced his own. Wood's most significant work was produced between 1928 and 1930, while working in Brittany and Cornwall and executed in his very personal, naïve style. Although Wood died after throwing himself under a train at the early age of twenty nine, he was an extremely productive artist and painted some 500 oils in his short career.