PROVENANCE: with Louise Whitford Ltd, London
bt. Stanley Seeger April 7, 1981
EXHIBITED: Rowley Gallery, 1905
Carfax Gallery, 1908
Fine Art Society, 1970
Southampton Art Gallery, Maxwell Armfield, June 1978, no. 8
In this delicately rendered tempera, Siegfried stands atop the mountains at the mouth of the cave in which Brünnhilde is held captive. In Wagner’s Ring only the strongest hero could pass through the Ring of Fire that Loki set to guard Brünnhilde, and yet Armfield’s Siegfried is elfin and slight, wind swept and apprehensive as he pauses to draw his sword to set the maiden free, at which moment he will at last ‘know fear’. Armfield presents a pre-sexual Siegfried, an uncorrupted hero.