A nude study of a male model by Alfred Aaron Wolmark 1877-1961 executed in black chalk and signed “Wolmark” in red pencil to the lower right. Presented in a wide grey washed frame with gold geometric detail.
Wolmark was born in Warsaw into a Jewish family, who were amongst the many subsequently fleeing the pogroms of Eastern Europe. The family moved to Devon when he was six before moving to Spitalfields, East London, there along with many other Jewish immigrant émigré families.
Wolmark studied at the Royal Academy 1895 – 1898 and he received the 1st Silver Medal for Drawing. His distinct fauvist style emerged after encountering Roger Fry’s 1910 Post-Impressionist exhibition in London and a trip to France in 1911, in London he became one of the leaders of the avant-garde before the first World War.”
A gifted portraitist, whose sitters included Thomas Hardy, Aldous Huxley and G. K. Chesterton, Wolmark designed costume and stage sets for two Diaghilev ballets in 1911, and a set of abstract designs for the stained glass windows of the church of St. Mary’s in Slough in 1915.
Public collections include: National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, Tate Gallery, British Museum, London; National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; Jewish Museum, New York and the Ben Yuri Gallery London
Unframed: 41cm x 63cm
Framed: 64.5cm x 87cm