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Maxwell Armfield (1881-1972)   BIOGRAPHY

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Pot of Delf
Framed (ref: 7817)
Signed with monogram and inscribed opus 560
Oil on board
9 x 11 1/2 in. (22.5 x 29.2 cm)

 


Provenance: The Fine Art Society; The Fortunoff Collection


Armfield recalled that 'Apart from invaluable benefit from guidance and advice from such masters as Henry Payne, Arthur Gaskin and Joseph Southall, I really taught myself, as must any one who hopes to do individual work... I detested the Life Class, and rarely attended it: I refused to learn perspective or anatomy as they bored me, and generally, I could not have been a worse student.'

His paintings, not least his still-lives, are always resonant with symbolism.

Arfield was at the forefront of the Tempera revival in Britain and In 1946 published  'Tempera Painting Today', (Pentagon Press LTD).



Maxwell Armfield (1881-1972)

Painter and decorative artist, especially in tempera, and writer. Born in Ringwood, Hampshire, Armfield was educated at Birmingham School of Art - there is a Birminfham Arts and Crafts flavour in his pictures - then in Paris and Italy. Exhibited extensively, including RA, Fine Art Society, for long a noted dealer in his work, NEAC, Leicester Galleries and abroad. His work is held by the British Museum, provincial and overseas galleries. He illustrated about 20 books and wrote A Manual of Tempera Painting, Tempera Painting Today, An Artist in America and An Artist in Italy. During World War I, with his writer wife Constance Smedley, Armfield attempted to set up a high-flown peoples' Greenleaf Theatre in his studio, an abortive venture amusingly recalled by Margaret Gardiner in her book A Scatter of Memories. Armfield was a painter of landscape and still life well crafted and full of detail. Lived in Bath, Somerset.

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