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Portrait Of A Lady C.1920 - Alfred Aaron Wolmark (1877-1961)

Portrait Of A Lady C.1920 - Alfred Aaron Wolmark (1877-1961) sold

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"Portrait Of A Lady C.1920 - Alfred Aaron Wolmark (1877-1961)"
A large scale and vibrant example of modern British portraiture by the celebrated artistAlfred Aaron Wolmark (1877-1961)
The elegant sitter is depicted three quarter length seated against drapery. Traditionally identified as ‘Nancy’ she avoids the gaze of the viewer and with her soft and wistful expression she appears lost in thought.
Housed in its original, art deco frame, this painting is in a quite remarkable state of conservation. Ofparticular note are the rapid and heavy impasto brushstrokes and well preserved and vibrant pigments. It comes at no surprise that in his lifetime Wolmark earned the epithet ‘The Colour King’
Alfred Wolmark (1877 - 1961) Wolmark was born in Warsaw and his family immigrated to England in 1883. He was raised in the East End of London, and its Jewish life beacme the subject of his early work which was painted in a realist manner. Wolmark entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1895, and exhibited with the Royal Academy between 1901 and 1936, as well as the Allied Artists' Association (1908-16) and the International Society (1911-1925).
His first one-man exhibition was held at the Bruton Galleries in 1905. Wolmark's work underwent a dramatic change around 1910, influenced by the first exhibition of Post-Impressionist pictures in London, and by a visit to Concarneau in Brittany.
Wolmark kept to traditional genre, and transformed his subjects through the use of flattened forms, built up with a heavy impasto.His early work shows the influence of Rembrandt, while his colouring later became more vibrant
His daring use of bright colour earned him the title of 'The Colour King', and was combined with his decorative skills in the design of pottery and stained glass, as well as theatre designs, including two for Diaghilev ballets. One of the Founders of the Ben Uri Art Society, Wolmark's memorial exhibition was held at the Ben Uri Gallery in 1961.
Wolmark drew and painted many portraits in his life including those of Thomas Hardy, Somerset Maugham, and Israel Zangwill.
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Canvas : 40" x 32" / 103cm x 81cm. Framed : 51” x 41” / 131cm x 105cm

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