The E-BNR aims to build a comprehensive & unique cross-artform guide to
the British neo-Romantic tradition,
from 1880 to the present day.
While the British Romantics of 1789-1824 have spawned a vast industry of
publishers, conferences & tourism, the later neo-Romantic traditions
remain largely neglected. The E-BNR is aimed at bringing this hidden
tradition to light.
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WHAT IS NEO-ROMANTICISM ?
Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration
from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.
Characteristic themes in their work include a
mystical approach to the British landscape...
ENTRY: Armfield, Maxwell
Maxwell Armfield (b. 1882 - d. 1972) was a British artist and illustrator.
Born in Ringwood, Hampshire, to a Quaker family, he schooled at
Sidcot and Leighton Park. As an art student at Birmingham School of Art,
he was influenced by the excellent collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings
in the city art gallery, and by the methods of Burne-Jones.
He visited Italy and studied fresco painting, then in 1902 completed his studies in
the ateliers of Paris. He established himself in London as a romantic
symbolist painter, in the late Pre-Raphaelite style. After a few years of success moved to the Cotswolds
so as to be within easy reach of Birmingham.
He designed and illustrated books by [[William Morris]]. He was a key early figure of the
influential Birmingham Group and was also influential through his authorship of
''A Manual of tempera-painting'' (1930) - in the revival of tempera painting that
was led by Birmingham and Birmingham-trained artists.
He married Constance Smedley and the couple moved to Gloucestershire.
They spent the war years in the USA, returning to England in 1922. The couple were
involved with theatrical production and with the English Folk Dance Society.
After the Second World War he was forgotten, as were nearly all of the
late Romantics in the visual arts. Modernism and later Abstract
Impressionism were the fashion, until the slow revival of interest in
Romanticism began during the mid 1970s. Armfield did however, live to see
a large retrospective of his work that was held in 1972.