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A Wedding Scene - New West End Synagogue, St. Petersburgh Place, London thumbA Wedding Scene - New West End Synagogue, St. Petersburgh Place, London thumbA Wedding Scene - New West End Synagogue, St. Petersburgh Place, London thumb

A Wedding Scene - New West End Synagogue, St. Petersburgh Place, London

Dimensions

W: 26in x L: 30in

Media

Oil on Canvas

Signed

Bottom Left

The observer is interestingly drawn in to the wedding scene in New West End Synagogue from a corner viewpoint. By choosing this positioning Stewart ensures the best visual experience – the observer is able to appreciate the celebratory scene from a realistic angle.

With heavy architecture of ornate columns and dark wooden features dominating the dark sensation of the synagogue, Stewart omitted the Bimah (raised platform) thus exposing the wedding scene in front of it and making the painting less oppressive and sombre.

In her quest to preserve the significance of the architecture within the synagogue Stewart accentuates the architectonic section under the Chuppah (wedding canopy) with a mauve colouring blending the scene together. The top of the picture is awarded colour and brightness by the inclusion of the large central rose window (often present in churches).

Stewart shows the Middle Eastern flavour that engulfs this synagogue by charismatically reproducing the extravagant Persian carpet, striking marvel surrounds of the wall, richly dyed copulas and detailed mosaic floor which bring colour and vibrancy to this beautiful synagogue celebrating a special occasion.

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