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Candlemas Day

The Austrian artist Marianne Stokes was based in Britain and enjoyed an international career; her work brought together many ideas in European art, past and present. Candlemas Day was made after working in Holland and recalls Johannes Vermeer as well as more modern impressionist images of Dutch country girls. The subject was also influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and Stokes was part of the revival of medieval egg tempera paint, applied in tiny strokes, which created the pale, pure effect here.

Credit: Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1977

Tempera on wood
416.0 x 340.0mm
Image and text © Tate Britain, 2022

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