This beautiful work from Alfred Wolmark depicts a vibrant summer scene of every day life in St Ives, Cornwall, one of his favourite places to paint in England. The colour composition is a beautiful characteristic of his work at this time.
Alfred Wolmark RA, was a Polish painter and decorative artist. He was a Post Impressionist and a pioneer of the New Movement in Art. Wolmark was born into a Jewish family in Warsaw. He emigrated to London and became a British citizen. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools.
Returning briefly to Poland in 1903, he painted works based on Jewish historical subjects, in a painterly style. Though while in France in 1911, under the influence of modern French painting, his colour palette and style became post impressionist, and he executed a series of wonderful paintings of Breton fisherfolk and harbour life in shades if blue. He also worked in the fields of interior decoration, theatre, and stained glass, from 1911-15. He made a stained glass window for St. Mary’s Church in Slough in 1915.
In 1919-1920 he painted a series of stunning cityscapes of New York City. He held many exhibitions in London, New York, and Paris, including portrait drawings at the Lefèvre Galleries, 1928. A retrospective of his work was held at Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull in 1975.
His paintings are now in many galleries around the world, including the National Portrait Gallery, London, Sheffield and Derby Museum and Art Gallery.
He was one of the prime movers in setting up the Ben Uri Art Society, 1915.