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After Evelyn and William were married in 1887, she became particularly close to her mother-in-law Sophia De Morgan. Sophia was heavily involved with Spiritualism and her interests influenced the artistic couple. One particular theme in Evelyn's work which developed from this newfound involvement in religion was the competing cosmic forces of good and evil as illustrated by this painting. The title of the painting, which translates as 'light in the darkness', comes from the Latin Gospel of Saint John, which refers to Christ as the light of men; 'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it' (chapter 1, verse 5). The central figure of light in the painting is the personification of light, goodness, hope and peace as signified by her halo of light and laurel branch.
The model for the painting is Evelyn De Morgan's maid and muse Jane Hales.
Lux in Tenebris
oil on canvas
H 150.5 x W 99.5 cm