Little is known of the artist David Wood. A highly talented draughtsman, the studio stamps and dates indicate that he attended the famous Académie Julian in Paris around 1911-12.
Wood’s touch is sensitively poised between striking realism and, on closer inspection, surprising looseness. The resulting portraits, some of which would have been completed in as little as thirty minutes to offer their models some respite, capture the spirit of their subject with extraordinary candour. They offer not just a window into the remarkable world of French academic art, but into the life and soul of their sitter.