Alfred Wolmark 1877–1961
T01241 Decorative Still Life circa 1911
Inscribed with the artist’s monogram ‘W ‘ b.r. Canvas, 24¼ x 20 (61.5 x 51).
Purchased from Eric Wolmark through the Fine Art Society (Grant-in- Aid) 1970.
Call: Wilfred Malone; sold Sotheby’s, 1 April 1962 (134) as ‘Vase of Flowers’, bt. W. E. Walker; Eric Wolmark (the artist’s son).
Exh: Fine Art Society, October–November 1970 (14).
Wolmark dated very few of his pictures, but this painting with its flattened, stylized design and vivid colour seems typical of his work of about 1911. This style appears to have been influenced by Van Gogh and Gauguin, whose work was included in Roger Fry’s famous first Post-Impressionist exhibition in London in November 1910, though the artist’s son Eric Wolmark says that his father claimed that he did not know the work of these artists at the time…