Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Evergreen Painting works of the great Marie Spartali Stillman

Marie Euphrosyne Spartali, later Stillman (10 March 1844 – 6 March 1927), was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter of Greek descent, arguably the greatest female artist of that movement. During a sixty-year career she produced over one hundred works, contributing regularly to exhibitions in Great Britain and the United States.

Evergreen Painting works of the great Marie Spartali Stillman

Maria Spartali was the eldest daughter of Michael Spartali (1818–1914), a wealthy merchant, principal of the firm Spartali & Co and Greek consul-general based in London from 1866 to 1882. He had moved to London around 1828. In London he married Euphrosyne (known as Effie, née Varsami, 1842–1913), the daughter of a Greek merchant from Genoa.

The family lived in their Georgian country house with a marble-pillared circular hallway, on Clapham Common, known as 'The Shrubbery' with a huge garden and views over the Thames and Chelsea. In the summer months they moved to their country house on the Isle of Wight where her father developed the cultivation of grapes on his lands. In London, her father was fond of lavish garden parties where he invited up and coming young writers and artists of his day.

La Pensierosa

The Childhood Of Saint Cecily

The Enchanted Garden

Effie Holding A Lily And A Posy Of Roses

Afternoon In The Colonna Garden, Rome

Dante and Beatrice


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