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Stokes graduated from Oxford in 1923 and published his first book two years later. In the following years he wrote many books and articles about modern art, and on the appreciation of Italian Renaissance art and architecture.In the 1930s he began to paint landscapes, still lifes and nudes as a practical extension of his criticism. His paintings are characterised by their broken brushwork and even tones. This painting is part of a group of eight works bequeathed to Tate by his friend and admirer, David Sylvester.

September 2004