Picasso's encouragement on seeing Wood's work in 1926 was, unsurprisingly, hugely motivational. Wood wrote to his mother 'Curiously enough it has given me enormous self confidence, the fact of his having seen them, and I feel much better disposed toward the future...Picasso is charming to me...'
(R. Ingleby, Christopher Wood, An English Painter, London, 1995, pp. 122-123)
Towards the end of 1926 Wood turned his attentions to England. He met Ben and Winifred Nicholson, whose dedication to his work would also prove a great influence. The same year he became a member of both the London Group and the Seven and Five Society.