Monday, 19 January 2015

LAURA KNIGHT – A LIFE – Barbara C Morden, 2014

Laura Knight, one of my favourite painters, largely because of her Newlyn and Lamorna work, lived life to the full, as made clear in this excellent biography.

Her early years were spent in Nottingham, close to poverty at times, always using art as an escape. Her time in Cornwall with her husband Harold and other artists such as Alfred Munnings and Dod Proctor inspired some of her most impressive paintings, and included some of her happiest years.

Her fame is also due to her self-portrait, one of the most viewed canvases in the National Portrait Gallery, and her masterly juxtaposition of courtroom with war zone when she recorded her interpretation of the Nuremberg Trials, now at the Imperial War Museum.

She lived into her nineties but retained the same mischievous spirit she had in her youth.

This book is a work of love which considers all aspects of this remarkable life.

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