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Laura Knight Portraits

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Corporal Elspeth Henderson and Sergeant Helen Turner, 1941 by Laura Knight

Dame Laura Knight (1877–1970) was one of the leading British painters of the twentieth century. However, her rejection of Modernism and her association with the ‘mainstream’ led to a decline in her reputation, and since her death she has, to some extent, fallen into obscurity. This long overdue reappraisal features over 35 of her finest works from across her long and prolific career, demonstrating both the remarkable variety of her subjects and her consummate skills as an artist.

During the course of an extraordinarily productive career that spanned over seventy years, Knight’s work reflected her commitment to depicting modern life and her fascination with the human figure. 

This book, like the exhibition it accompanied, demonstrates Knight's impressive skills as a painter and draughtsman, her courage in tackling complex compositions and challenging subjects, and her compassionate approach to the sitters with whom she worked. Taken together, the selection of portraits also presents a distinctive picture of twentieth-century Britain.

  • Author: Rosie Broadley, Associate Curator, National Portrait Gallery
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Date published: July 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1855144637
  • Product Dimensions: 29.0 x 23.0 cm