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Maxwell Armfield (1881-1972):
Still life with Pheasant's Eye Daffodil in a Pewter Vase
Framed (ref: 6646)
11 x 8 1/2 in. (28 x 21.5 cm)
In a reeded wedge-shaped period frame
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).