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The Bridge on the Moors by Adrian Stokes (1902-1972)


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The Bridge on the Moors by Adrian Stokes (1902-1972)

A very rare painting by Adrian Stokes who was better known as a writer and critic (not to be confused with the earlier artist with the same name).

Oil on canvas, signed, an old patch repair verso (not visible from the front), 20" x 24"

Adrian Durham Stokes (27 October 1902 – 15 December 1972) was a British art critic with a speciality in early Renaissance sculpture and the aesthetics of stone-carving. He helped to turn the traditional Cornish fishing-port of St. Ives into an internationally acclaimed centre of modern art. He began to study painting at the Euston Road School in 1937 along with William Coldstream, Lawrence Gowing, Graham Bell and Victor Pasmore. In 1938 he married and moved with his artist wife, Margaret Mellis, to live in Carbis Bay, where their son Telfer was born. Meanwhile—through bringing Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, and, with them, Naum Gabo, to St Ives in 1939 – Stokes became the main catalyst of the town's transformation into an internationally acclaimed centre of modern art. During World War II he worked as a market gardener and for the Home Guard. Alongside this work he completed a further Early Italian Renaissance book, Venice (1945). He also wrote an autobiographical book, Inside Out (1947), in which he drew on material from his psychoanalysis to which he added reflections about the art of Cézanne.

The Bridge on the Moors by Adrian Stokes (1902-1972)