Thursday, April 12, 2012

Stokes, Marianne Preindelsberger

Angels Entertaining the Holy Child
oil on canvas
150x176 cm
Private Collection

Marianne Stokes (1855 - 1927) was born in Southern Austria (Marianne Preindlsberger). She began her artistic career studying art in Munich, then Paris, and settled in England after her marriage to a landscape painter.
Marianne Stokes was considered one of the leading artists in Victorian England and her talent was recognised early.

In the 1890s, Marianne changed her style completely and began painting in a Mediaevalist style, often with costumed female figures, and to work in gesso and tempera. According to a critic, two aspects of Stokes's childhood affected her work: being given an illustrated copy of Grimm's fairy tales, and experiencing the mysticism of Catholic ceremonies.
Marianne died in London in 1927, aged 72.
"Mrs Stokes' aim is to build up, evolve, create some beautiful thing: a picture which shall be, in the broadest sense of the word, a piece of  'decoration'  for a wall, harmonious and beautiful." ( a critic wrote in 1900.)