St Ives

Signiture: Signed “Wolmark” lower left
Title: St Ives
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 16in x 12in (41 x 30cm)


This beautiful work from Alfred Wolmark depicts a typical scene of everyday life in St Ives, Cornwall, one of his favourite places to paint in England. The vibrant colour composition in this painting is a beautiful characteristic of his work at this time. The swirling sky still has a characteristic influence from the 1920’s, while buildings are becoming influenced by cubism.

Artist Biography:

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, very much in the Victorian painterly manner. In 1911, under the influence of modern French painting, he executed a series of studies of Breton fisherfolk and harbour life, 1911 of the post impressionist influence. He worked in the areas of interior decoration, the theatre, and stained glass, 1911-15. He made a stained glass window for St. Mary’s Church in Slough in 1915.

He painted a series of extraordinary and vibrant cityscapes in New York city, 1919-20. 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.

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