San Giuliano, Italy
Maxwell Armfield (1882 - 1972) was a painter, illustrator and writer whose subjects included landscapes, portraits and still life. He worked mainly in oils, watercolour, and tempera, using bold flat colour and densely patterned surfaces that helped to create a graphic quality in his work. Armfield attended the Birmingham School of Art under the headmastership of Edward R. Taylor (1838 - 1911) who established it as a centre of the arts and craft movement. He collaborated with his wife, Constance Smedley (1876 – 1941) to combine design, illustration, and text. San Giuliano is near Pisa in Tuscany, Italy. Armfield travelled to Italy several times; he produced several paintings depicting Italian towns. He focuses here on the Tuscan landscape, using the trees to frame the view.