Sign in to favourite Sign in to add to album Geographical notes close Places are defined in terms of modern geography. Copyright Information close This artwork is in public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. If you are a copyright owner of this artwork, or his/hers legal representative, and you do not agree that this artwork is public domain, please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org WikiArt.org allows unlimited copying, distributing and displaying of the images of public domain artworks. Artworks protected by copyright are supposed to be used only for contemplation. Images of that type of artworks are prohibited for copying, printing, or any kind of reproducing and communicating to public since these activities may be considered copyright infringement. Public domain ← → Zebra and Parachute Christopher Wood Date: 1930; Paris, France * Style: Naïve Art (Primitivism), Post-Impressionism Genre: animal painting Location: Tate Modern, London, UK References: www.tate.org.uk Image dimension 725x600px, View all sizes Zebra and Parachute is one of Wood’s last paintings. The image brings together an unusual collection of elements that give the work a surrealist flavour. A zebra appears against the backdrop of a modernist building. The animal stands on the building’s roof terrace near a raised flowerbed. The distinctive lines of the architecture, which include strong diagonals produced by a zig-zagging ramp and the cylindrical forms of two chimneys or towers in the background, suggest an almost abstract arrangement that contrasts with the altogether different pattern produced by the zebra’s stripes. A dark shadow falls just in front of the zebra, casting the right-hand zone of the terrace into semi-darkness and adding to the mysterious atmosphere of the image. In the sky above this scene, a parachute is descending. The tiny figure that dangles in the parachute harness appears limp and lifeless. The distinctive architecture of the building in Zebra and Parachute identifies it as the Villa Savoye, near Paris, designed by Le Corbusier. The villa, begun in 1928, was finished in 1931, and construction was well underway at the time Wood produced this painting. In the context of this work the Villa Savoye’s modernism suggests civilization and the zebra is a signifier of the exotic. Wood was staying in Paris when he painted in Zebra and Parachute. Along with this work, he produced at the same time the closely related painting, Tiger and Arc de Triomphe. In it, he set up a similar juxtaposition of the exotic and the man-made as that produced in Zebra and Parachute, this time placing a lazily sprawling tiger and a sitting leopard against a wooded background with a view of the Arc de Triomphe monument behind them. Both paintings are reminiscent of the work of Henri Rousseau, known particularly for the depiction of animals in jungle settings in a naïve style. The parachute is perhaps evocative of Rousseau’s late landscape painting View of the of the Bridge at Sèvres and the Hills of Clamart, St Cloud and Bellevue, which includes in the sky a biplane, a hot-air balloon and an airship. In Zebra and Parachute, the effect of strong shadow cast across a built environment resonates with the work the Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico, with whose art Wood was familiar. The surrealist aspects of Zebra and Parachute and Tiger and Arc de Triomphe suggest that Wood was striking off in a new direction at this point in his career. However, he tragically died on his return to England. Suffering the effects of opium withdrawal, which produced feelings of being pursued, he threw himself under a train at Salisbury station. Christopher Wood Famous works The Fisherman’s Farewell Christopher Wood · 1928 A Fishing Boat in Dieppe Harbour Christopher Wood · 1929 Boat in Harbour, Brittany Christopher Wood · 1929 Church at Tréboul Christopher Wood · 1930 Zebra and Parachute Christopher Wood · 1930 Building the Boat, Tréboul Christopher Wood · 1930 View all 46 artworks Related Artworks Tiger and Arc De Triomphe Christopher Wood View of the Bridge at Sevres and the Hills at Clamart St. Cloud and Bellevue Henri Rousseau A rooster Pablo Picasso A rooster Pablo Picasso Untitled Pablo Picasso Pigeon Pablo Picasso Two roosters Pablo Picasso Seated monkey Pablo Picasso Flower Table Winifred Nicholson Portrait of Paulo as Pierrot Pablo Picasso Portrait of Olya Bilokur Kateryna Bilokur Landscape Pablo Picasso Lying female nude Pablo Picasso Lying female nude Pablo Picasso Portrait of farmer Tatiana Bakhmach Kateryna Bilokur Silenus dancing in company Pablo Picasso Sandpipers, Alnmouth Winifred Nicholson Flowers by the fence Kateryna Bilokur Kate's Flowers Winifred Nicholson Crying woman Pablo Picasso 1 Load more Advertisement.