Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Women of Maxwell Ashby Armfield (British artist, 1881-1972)


Maxwell Ashby Armfield (British artist, 1881-1972) Faustine 1904


Born at Ringwood, England, to a Quaker family, Maxfield Ashby Armfield (1881-1972) entered the Birmingham School of Art in 1899. There he learned the tempera technique he practiced for the rest of his life & was deeply impressed by the Pre-Raphaelite paintings in the Art Gallery. In September 1902, after visiting Italy he went to Paris, enrolling at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. In 1904, he painted Faustine inspired by the English poet Algernon Swinburne. Returning from London the following year, he embarked on a series of one-man exhibitions. In 1909, he married the writer Constance Smedley, with whom he was to work closely until her death in 1941. In 1915, they left for an intensely active & successful 7 year stay in America. Armfield was not only a painter but a prolific illustrator & versatile decorative artist, while being deeply involved in theatre, music, teaching & journalism & writing some 20 books.


Maxwell Ashby Armfield (British artist, 1881-1972) Miss Chaseley on the Undercliff


Maxwell Ashby Armfield (British artist, 1881-1972) The Coming of Spring


Maxwell Ashby Armfield (British artist, 1881-1972) Portrait of Constance Smedley


Maxwell Ashby Armfield (British artist, 1881-1972) Music in New Your, Homage to Bach 1946


Maxwell Ashby Armfield (British artist, 1881-1972) Self Portrait 1901


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