John Moody (1906 - 1993)

Elm trees near Kingston, 1929


SKU: 9999



Height – 18.4cm x Width – 34.3cm

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The Artist’s family

Moody undertook numerous sketches around Surbiton and Kingston (then still rural & where his family lived), in particular of tree shapes and lines – which form the background to Ploughing, when he was beginning to experiment with larger canvases:

The ploughman is undoubtedly a self-portrait  and is allegorical. It’s a pastoral scene (reminiscent of the earlier Arts and Crafts movement) representing the connection between man, beast and nature – the young ploughman methodically toiling the soil in preparation for new growth and the promise of a good harvest. 

Moody was trained at the Royal Academy Schools, co-founded the New Kingston Group of painters and taught at Wimbledon School of Art in the early 1930’s. However he is better remembered as a theatre and opera producer as well as Director of the Arts Council’s Drama department. He took over Eric Ravilious’s and Edward Bawden’s studio in the late 1920’s and he worked closely with Robert Medley and John Piper. He was badly injured during the Blitz which affected his painting ability, which is why his early work is particularly interesting.

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John Moody
1906 - 1993

After training at the Royal Academy Schools and working from a studio offered to him by Eric Ravilious (1903 – 1942) and Edward Bawden (1903 – 1989), by the 1930’s, Moody was exhibiting at a variety of London venues and teaching at Wimbledon School of Art; he also became a founder member of the New Kingston Group of painters.  Fascinated by the Theatre he was later well known as an opera producer, commissioning stage sets from John Piper and Robert Medley. 


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John Moody (1906 - 1993)

The quarter seated nude in bathing costume


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John Moody (1906 - 1993)

Lady seated on a pew


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John Moody (1906 - 1993)

Still life with pot plant on a tiled ground
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John Moody (1906 - 1993)

Elm trees near Kingston, 1929


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John Moody (1906 - 1993)

War, 1928


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John Moody (1906 - 1993)

Houlgate, Normandy, 1926


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John Moody (1906 - 1993)

Houlgate, Normandy, in Mist, 12th Sept 26