Marianne Stokes

Austria / 1855 - 1927 / wikipedia /
Marianne Stokes (1855–1927), born Marianne Preindlsberger; Austrian painter. She settled in England after her marriage to Adrian Scott Stokes (1854–1935), the landscape painter, whom she had met in Pont-Aven. Stokes was considered one of the leading artists in Victorian England.

Preindlsberger was born in Graz, Styria. She first studied in Munich under Lindenschmidt and having been awarded a scholarship for her first picture, Muttergluck, she worked in France under Pascal Adolphe Jean Dagnan-Bouveret, Colin and Gustave Courtois. She painted in the countryside and Paris, and, as with many other young painters, fell under the spell of the rustic naturalist Jules Bastien-Lepage. Her style continued to show his influence even when her subject matter changed from rustic to medieval romantic and biblical themes. While in France she met the Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck, in whose company she visited Pont-Aven in 1883.

Were it not for one excellent recent account of their lives and works, by Magdalen Evans, the Stokeses would have almost vanished now, as a result of their neglect during the rest of the 20th century.

Their paintings have all but disappeared too: Adrian’s into provincial galleries across the UK, which seem intent on hiding them from the public (and don’t even make images of them freely available), and Marianne’s largely into private collections. Neither has a catalog raisonné, and they are barely mentioned in the literature.

Marianne Stokes was probably the most accomplished woman painter after the Impressionists, yet she is omitted from most accounts of women artists. She mastered a range of styles and media, and painted across many different genres, including her unique record of Slovak and other peoples of Hungary.

Adrian Stokes was perhaps less versatile than his wife, but but his landscapes were...
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