bassett wilson (1888-1972)

Wilson studied at Trinity College, Cambridge where he read Law.

He took up painting after being injured in the First World War.

In 1917 he held an exhibition of Western Front work at Walker's Galleries.

During the 1920s with his wife Muriel Wilson, he established his reputation as a painter. They exhibited together in 1921 at Walker's Galleries, then in 1925 in a group show with John Cosmo Clark and Roland Vivian Pitchforth at Goupil Gallery. Wilson held a one man show in 1927 at the Fine Art Society in Bond Street.

He and his wife were drawn into the modern movement in the 1930s after they moved to Paris and made friends with artists such as Andre Lhote, in whose studio they both worked from time to time.

In 1930 he showed at Knoedler's in New York and Chicago. He exhibited with his wife at Reid and Lefevre Gallery in London; Darlington Municipal Art Gallery, where Wilson's watercolour was purchased by the town's permanent collection; Salon des Tuileries and Galerie Gerbo in Paris (where Wilson's Stacked Chairs was selected for particular mention in Sud) and with Rhyma Grop at Helsingfors in Finland ( the two Wilsons and Lhote were invited to represent the best and most modern in European art) in 1934.

In 1935-37 he showed in a number of exhibitions in Paris.

Wilson joined the British Expeditionary Force in his old rank of Captain for the duration of the Second World War.

In 1946 he held a large retrospective at Galerie du Bac, Paris from which National Museum of Modern Art, Paris purchased one work from his Chairs series - the Chairs of Luxembourg Gardens.

Patrick Seale held a show of Wilson's work in 1981.