Dulwich Picture Gallery Winifred Knights 1899-1947 exhibition catalogue

Winifred Knights 1899-1947

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'these exquisite, never been shown artworks are a revelation' - The Telegraph

Scenes from The Life of Saint Martin of Tours by Winifred Knights - Dulwich Picture Gallery

Winifred Knights (1899-1947) is one of the outstanding, but until recently neglected, British women painters of the first half of the 20th century. Copiously illustrated in colour throughout, this book, which accompanies the first ever museum exhibition of her work at Dulwich Picture Gallery, provides the first full account of her life and work. It examines Knights’ art in the context of interwar Modernism and assessing her contribution to the revival in this period of both Decorative Painting and religious imagery.

Author Sacha Llewellyn traces the artist’s career from her years at the Slade School of Art and her First World War evacuation to rural Worcestershire through to the time she spent at the British School at Rome in the early 1920s and the many commissions she completed between 1926 and 1939. Knights consistently re-wrote fairy-tale and legend, Biblical narrative and Pagan mythology to explore women’s relationship to war, the natural world, working communities, marriage, motherhood and death.

Drawing on previously unpublished documentary material, including letters, diaries, sketchbooks and photographs, Sacha Llewellyn makes a strong case for recognising Knights as one of the most talented artists of her generation. The book reproduces all of Knights’ major works, including her masterpiece,The Deluge.

  • Author: Sacha Llewellyn, Director of Liss Lewellyn Fine Art
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Date published: May 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1848221772
  • Product Dimensions: 27.0 x 22.8 cm

★★★'these exquisite, never been shown artworks are a revelation' -The Telegraph

★★★★ 'Knights may not be a major artist, but this captivating show and its excellent catalogue are a remarkable tribute to her achievements'Evening Standard

'An intensely sensitive and compelling exhibition' - The Guardian

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