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W: 30in x L: 24in
Oil on Canvas
Built in 1701 Bevis Marks is the oldest synagogue in the United Kingdom and is affiliated to London’s Sephardi community and is still presently going strong.
This incredible building valued as a historic staple within the British Jewish Community holds so much history and tradition and for this reason Stewart wanted to honour it and bring it to life.
As you enter the Bevis Marks, situated in a concealed location hidden behind a courtyard, the feeling of stepping into a time machine overwhelms you – leaving the bustle of the modern city completely behind.
The contrast of light and dark plays an essential role in this Wedding scene. The dark oak Bimah and pews contrasting with the pale stone walls, marvel pillars and the stunning hanging brass candelabra automatically bestows a strong theatrical and dramatic effect to the painting.
Stewart’s attentiveness to the importance of illumination in this painting is palpable throughout the wedding scene as the candlelit ornate chandeliers reflect light and attention to it.
The arms of these chandeliers intertwine in an enigmatic web design and along with the stark radiance they produce within the scene help create the unmistakable intense feeling that engulfs the entire composition.