Marianne Stokes: Candlemas Day (c. 1901)

Marianne Stokes, Candlemas Day, c. 1901, Tempera on wood, Tate UK, Image Source: wikimedia

“Like a number of other painters with whose work Marianne Stokes has affinities – notably Joseph Southall and the Birmingham school – the artist abandoned oils towards the turn of the century in favour of tempera painting, and, ‘Candlemas Day’ is a good example of her work in this medium. According to Alice Meynell, this change occurred in 1899. It followed her reading of Mrs Christina Herringham’s influential translation of Cennino Cennini’s The Book of the Art of Cennino Cennini with accompanying Notes on Medieval Art Methods of that year, and her own close study of the Italian primitives….Wilfred Meynell (op.cit.) … quotes her as saying ‘It seems to me a medium which lends itself most to spirituality, sincerity and purity of colour’.

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Candlemas Day falls on 2 February, which is traditionally the 40th day of and the conclusion of the ChristmasEpiphany season.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. sienablue says:

    Such a serene profile and tranquil lighting

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    1. I do love the quiet simplicity. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, sienablue. 🙂


  2. shoreacres says:

    I’d never before considered the fact that Candlemas and Groundhog Day both occur annually on February 2. When I went snooping about, I found this on a History Channel website:

    “Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal—the hedgehog—as a means of predicting weather. Once they came to America, German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition, although they switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were plentiful in the Keystone State.”

    This deserves more exploration!

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    1. Yes, it does! The connections are fascinating. Thanks so much for the link, Linda. 😎

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  3. Timelesslady says:

    Lovely. Born into a family of many readers, I find this painting touches my heart.

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    1. Books have always been dear to me, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Timelesslady. 🙂

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  4. Perfect placement of model, shapes and colour involved. Clever artist.

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    1. Agree! I love the simplicity, and the negative shapes will help me copy the drawing so much more easily. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vivienne. 🙂


    1. I appreciate your visit and your kind words.  😎


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