Saturday, January 17, 2009

Frederick Rolfe Painting

Perhaps a little late to be topical but this is a painting by Rolfe which was used by Donald Weeks on his 1974 Christmas card. Weeks, with a typical understatement of any useful detail, simply captions it as 'unrecorded painting by Rolfe c. 1889'.

Although the reproduction on Weeks's card is poor I think it shows that Rolfe wasn't at all bad as a naif painter. His figure work was always rather wobbly but the decoration on the fabrics of the angels' tunics in particular and the lovely renaissance-style foliage in front of the crib strike me as rather lovely.

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