Candlemas Day by Marianne Stokes (1855-1927). c.1901. Tempera on wood. Support: 416 × 340 mm; frame: 548 × 474 × 57 mm. Collection: Tate, presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest, 1977. Reference T0218. Image kindly released on the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported) licence.

The Tate's label of February 2016 refers to Stokes's "international career," and points out that "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." Together with Joseph Southall and Christiana Herringham, Stokes founded a Society of Painters in Tempera, popularising the technique, especially among those involved in the Arts and Crafts Movement. — Jacqueline Banerjee

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