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Maxwell Armfield (1881-1972):
Pot of Delfts Blue
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.
Armfield was at the forefront of the Tempera revival in Britain and In 1946 published 'Tempera Painting Today', (Pentagon Press LTD).