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Utmost Fidelity: The Painting Lives of Marianne and Adrian Stokes

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This is the first book-length study of a major husband-and-wife painting team prominent in the Cornish art scene from the late 1800s to the early twentieth century. When the Austrian-born painting student Marianne Preindlsberger (1855-1927) first encountered Adrian Stokes (1854-1935) in the summer of 1883 in Brittany, their shared aim was to study plein air realism at first hand. Both had arrived in the celebrated artists' colony of Pont-Aven from rigorous training in various ateliers of Paris. Their marriage marked the start of a renowned artistic and personal collaboration, which was to last for more than 40 years. Three significant exhibitions in their lifetimes showed her portraits and his landscapes side by side: two in London and one in Budapest in 1910. The project's title is from a tribute made by Adrian to their close friend and travelling companion John S. Sargent, with whom they were interned in Austria during the autumn of 1914. Marianne is notable as a woman artist whose work did not suffer from marriage and who did not play a secondary role to her husband's painting career. Adrian's work had a groundbreaking influence on the early years of the St Ives colony in Cornwall and enthusiasts for his work included the great actor-manager Henry Irving and D.H.Lawrence. Both artists' work is widely represented in public collections throughout the world.

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Author Magdalen Evans
Binding Paperback
Condition New
Pages 256
ISBN-13 9781904537854
Publisher Sansom & Company


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