SIGNED LAURA KNIGHT
PURCHASED AT AUCTION AND ATTRIBUTED TO THE ARTIST
MEDIUM: PENCIL ON PAPER.
DIMENSIONS: 14 X 11 INCHES INCLUDING AN ARTIST'S MOUNT
PURCHASED AT AUCTION IN LONDON AS ATTRIBUTED TO LAURA KNIGHT
LAURA KNIGHT MADE MANY STUDIES OF AND CIRCUS PERFORMERS IN HER LONG CAREER OF VARIED QUALITY.
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Dame Laura Knight, DBE (4 August 1877 – 7 July 1970) was an English Impressionist painter known for painting the world of London's theatre, ballet and circus.
Early life and education
Laura Johnson was born in Long Eaton, Derbyshire
to Charles and Charlotte Johnson. Her father died not long after her
birth, and Laura grew up in a family that struggled with financial
problems. In 1899 she was sent to France with the intention that she would eventually study art at a Parisian atelier.
After a short time in French schools, she returned to England. There, at the age of 23 she entered the Nottingham School of Art, one of the youngest students ever to join the school.
At school, Laura met one of the most promising students, Harold Knight
(1874–1961), aged 27, and determined that the best method of learning
was to copy Harold's technique. They became friends, and married in
In 1907, the Knights moved to the artists' colony in Newlyn, Cornwall, alongside Lamorna Birch, Alfred Munnings and Aleister Crowley, where she painted in an Impressionist style.The Beach (1908), widely admired both by other artists and the public, is an example of this style. Another interesting work is The Green Feather, which was painted in one day. In 1913, she made a painting that was a first for a woman artist, Self Portrait with Nude, showing herself with a nude model, fellow artist Ella Naper.
After World War I the Knights moved to London, where Laura met some of the most famous ballet dancers of the day, such as Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes with Lydia Lopokovaand Enrico Cecchetti, and Anna Pavlova. Her most famous work dates from this period.
After a visit with her husband to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore where she saw an African-American for the first time, she remarked "The
babies of American darkies are among the most beautiful things in the
world. In fact, to the artist there is a whole world of beauty which
ought to be explored in negro life in America."
At the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Laura Knight won the Silver Medal in Painting with the painting Boxer (1917).
1929, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire,
and in 1936 she became the first woman elected to the Royal Academy.
During World War II, Knight was an official war artist. She worked on several commissions for the Ministry of Information's War Artists Advisory Committee, and she was one of only three British women war artists who travelled abroad. Her works during this period include In For Repairs (1941), A Balloon Site, Coventry (1942), Ruby Loftus screwing a breech-ring(1943), Take Off (1944), Factory Workshops and Land Girls, amongst many others.
After the war, she was the official artist at the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals. One result was The Dock, Nuremberg (1946).
She died on 7 July 1970, aged 92.