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The art of Marianne Stokes (1855-1927)

When I was poking around looking at Symbolist painters recently, I came across Marianne Stokes' meditative portrait of Melisande (from the Maeterlinck play Pelleas and Melisande, which Debussy adapted into an opera). Stokes was not herself a Symbolist, and the Wikipedia article says she started out painting in a rustic naturalist vein but eventually came under the influence of the pre-Raphaelites and started painting Biblical and medieval subjects in a more stylized or ornamental manner. Not surprisingly I'm most interested in her pre-Raphaelite-influenced stuff, but even in this small selection you can see the naturalist influence in "Capri Witch" and "Faun Feeding a Squirrel".

Marianne Stokes A-Capri-Witch
A Capri Witch (1884-1885)

Marianne Stokes-faun feeding a squirrel
Faun Feeding a Squirrel



Marianne Stokes Melisande 1895
Melisande (1895)

Marianne Stokes Death and the Maiden
Death and the Maiden (1900)

Marianne Stokes An Angel
An Angel

Marianne Stokes Devaki-Mother-of-Krishna
Devaki, Mother of Krishna

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holyoutlaw
Sep. 18th, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
bomsnose
Sep. 18th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
The early ones I find magical.
randy_byers
Sep. 18th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
It hasn't been easy to find dates for her paintings, and I'm not completely sure of the ones I've posted so far. Still digging ...
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