Winifred Knights 1899-1947 (Hardcover)

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Winifred Knights 1899-1947 (Hardcover)

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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 color throughout, this book provides the first full account of her life and work, examining 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. Presenting the artist as the central protagonist, and with models selected from her inner circle, Knights’ paintings were deeply autobiographical. She 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 Drawing on previously unpublished documentary material, including letters, diaries, sketchbooks and photographs, Sacha Llewellyn makes a strong case for recognizing Knights as one of the most talented artists of her generation. The book reproduces all of Knights’ major works, including her masterpiece, The Deluge.
Sacha Llewellyn is an independent researcher and curator and Director of Liss Llewellyn Fine Art with a particular interest in the Rome Scholars, 1913-30, the Art of the First World War and interwar British modernism. She co-curated an exhibition, Alan Sorrell - A Life Reconstructed, for the Sir John Soane's Museum in 2013, and is guest curator of the Winifred Knights survey show at the Dulwich Picture Gallery (2016). Her previous publications include essays on Colin Gill and Knights' The Deluge in British Murals and Decorative Painting, 1920-60 (2013); Alan Sorrell, The Life and Works of an English Neo-Romantic Artist (co. editor) (2013); and The Great War as Recorded through the Fine and Popular Arts (co. editor) (2014).
Product Details ISBN: 9781848221772
ISBN-10: 1848221770
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publication Date: May 16th, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English