Beatrice Wood  (American, 1893-1998) 

Beatrice Wood (American, 1893–1998) was a painter, draughtsman, and sculptor best known for her luster-glazed ceramic works. Born in New York to a well-to-do family, Wood studied acting at the Comédie Française and painting at the Académie Julian. The outbreak of World War I necessitated her return to the United States. She would soon become friends with Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887–1968) and Henri Roche, with whom she founded the prominent Dadaist magazine Blind Man; she was also part of a circle of artists and writers who frequented the home of the Modern Art collectors Louise and Walter Arensberg. After a brief and unhappy marriage, Wood moved to Ojai, CA. It was there that she began to learn about ceramics, eventually opening her own studio and expanding her practice from lusterware, vessels, and tableware to Figurative sculptures executed in a self-consciously naïve style. Wood’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among many others.

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Beatrice Wood, Large Vase with Three Panel reliefs


Beatrice Wood
Large Vase with Three Panel reliefs
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Beatrice Wood, Cat charger


Beatrice Wood
Cat charger
copper luster glazed earthenware


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Beatrice Wood, Footed vase


Beatrice Wood
Footed vase
luster glazed earthenware


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Beatrice Wood, Collection of six vessels (set of 6)


Beatrice Wood
Collection of six vessels (set of 6), 1965
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  Wood's liaisons with artist Marcel Duchamp, writer Henri-Pierre Roche and others associated with the avante-garde Dada movement of the early 20th century, earned her the appellation "Mama of Dada."

Wood's ceramics are displayed in the permanent collections of 15 major U.S. museums, including the Smithsonian and New York's Museum of Modern Art.

At age 100, she became the subject of a documentary called "Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada," which gave viewers a first-hand look at the legendary artist, who was as famous for her rebellious and insolent wit as she was for her ceramics. Wood was also the basis for the the role of the adventurous 101-year-old Rose in "The Titanic", played by Oscar Nominee Gloria Stuart.

Throughout her life, Wood challenged the relevance of age, saying often that "chocolate and young men" were the keys to her longevity. In the last few years of her life, neither her failing health nor her failing hearing were enough to keep her from entertaining guests at her Topa Topa mountain studio and home.