Alfred Wolmark (1876-1961)

Born in Warsaw c. 1876, artist Alfred Wolmark moved to England with his family in 1883. He died in 1961.

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In the Synagogue by Alfred Wolmark

In the Synagogue by Alfred Wolmark (1906), a key work in the Ben Uri permanent collection.

Alfred Wolmark biography

Born in Warsaw, and moved to England with his family in 1883, first to Devon and then to the East End. He trained at the Royal Academy (from 1895), exhibiting there (1901-36), as well as with the Allied Artists Association (1908-16) and the International Society (1911-25).

He had his first solo exhibition at Bruton Galleries in London (1905). Wolmark’s teenage years in London’s East End and two lengthy stays in his native Poland between 1903-6, had a huge visual and spiritual, impact on his early Rembrandtesque work.

In July 1911, after an artistic epiphany on honeymoon in Concarneau, Brittany, Wolmark jettisoned his early methods in favour of the ‘New Art’ and embarked upon the pioneering ‘colourist’ path that he followed for the next two decades of his working life. Wolmark exhibited regularly with the Ben Uri Art Society, as well as at the Grafton (1911, 1916, 1917) and Whitechapel Galleries (1910, 1914, 1927, 1956).

In 1915 he co-founded the JAAS (Jewish Association of Arts and Sciences) with Adrian Alfred Woolfstein (Adrian Wolfe). Despite enjoying success within the Jewish community, Wolmark was rejected from The London Group (1914) and the Royal Academy (1938).

Alfred Wolmark died in 1961. There are 27 works by Alfred Wolmark in the Ben Uri collection.

Work by Alfred Wolmark in the Ben Uri collection

Portrait of Mrs Ethel Solomon in Riding Habit

Portrait of Mrs Ethel Solomon in Riding Habit

Portrait of Mrs Herbert Cohen

Portrait of Mrs Herbert Cohen

Portrait Sketch of a Girl

Portrait Sketch of a Girl

Sabbath Afternoon

Sabbath Afternoon

Self-Portrait

Still Life

Still Life

Tulips and Daffodils

Tulips and Daffodils

In the Synagogue

In the Synagogue

Lilies

Lilies

Men of Old

Men of Old

Oxfordshire Landscape

Oxfordshire Landscape

Portrait of Israel Zangwill

Portrait of Israel Zangwill

Portrait of J. Seres

Portrait of J. Seres

Portrait of Leopold Gottlieb

Portrait of Leopold Gottlieb

 

Fourteen Illustrations to the works Israel Zangwill

1 / 2, Untitled (Man on a Horse with a Sword)

3 The Master

4 Dreamers of the Ghetto

5 The Celibates Club

6 They that Walk in Darkness

7 The Mantle of Elijah

8 The Grey Wig

9 Ghetto Comedies

10 Jinny the Carrier

11 Mad Peggy

12 The Melting Pot

13 The Cockpit

14 The Forcing House