Adrian Stokes(1902-1972), Painter and writer on art
Adrian Durham Stokes
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Adrian Durham Stokes was a writer, painter and poet, known principally as an influential art critic. In 1921 Stokes visited Italy for the first time, a trip that was to be a formative experience for him. Over the next decade he returned to the country many times, exploring and writing about 'Quattro Cento' Italian art. He published his first book, The Thread of Ariadne, in 1925, and went on to produce over twenty critical books and numerous papers. A letter to the Times Literary Supplement in 1965, signed by eighteen prominent thinkers and artists, including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Richard Wollheim, claimed Adrian Stokes as one of 'the most original and creative writers on art'.