Art: Nice Magic

Christopher Wood was only 29 when he killed himself in 1930—a bright, charming Englishman who had apparently failed to make the grade as an artist. His mother gave many of Wood's paintings away. A man named Rex de C. Nan Kivell, director of London's Redfern Gallery, quietly bought them up. Last week the Redfern was showing Wood's paintings to admiring crowds, and selling them for as much as £1,500 apiece.

Wood's 20s coincided with those of the century. He spent them in a gay round of European travels with rich friends. "One must get all the pleasure out of life that is...

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