Sunday, February 21, 2016

Art in 5 Minutes: Marianne Stokes

Angels entertaining the Holy Child by Marianne Stokes
  Madonna and Child by Marianne Stokes

Marianne Stokes (1855-1927) was an Austrian painter. She started her career as an artist under the tutelage of Pascal Jean Dagnan Bouveret( 1852-1928) , Gustave Courtois ( 1853-1923) and Jules Bastian Lepage.  One can recognized their influence in her choice of the subject matter from rustic sceneries to mystical religious compositions.   She met her future husband in England, Adrian Scott( 1854-1935) a landscape painter.  Childless, the couple main interest was their artistic pursuits .  Their journey took them in Italy, Netherlands and Hungary, and she also developed an interest in tempera as a result.  In 1848, the pre-Raphaelite movement was created, and once again Marianne Stokes found a great source of inspiration, she changed medium from oil to tempera and gesso. Her paintings are designed as flat sceneries reminding the viewer of medieval artist, such as Giotto.  She joined the Royal Watercolor Society, her husband ended up being the vice president of the Society.  She died in London in 1927.