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Laura Knight Portraits - National Portrait Gallery

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled simply Laura Knight Portraits is on display at the National Portrait Gallery until October 13, 2013.

Dame Laura Knight (1877 –1970) was one of the most popular and pioneering British artists of the twentieth century. Her artistic career took her from Cornwall to Baltimore, and from the circus to the Nuremberg Trials. She painted dancers at the Ballets Russes and Gypsies at Epsom races, and was acclaimed for her work as an official war artist.

Knight used portraiture to capture contemporary life and culture, and her paintings are remarkable for their diverse range of subjects and settings. This exhibition of over thirty portraits will reveal Knight’s highly distinctive and vivid work, and also illustrate her success in gaining greater professional recognition for women in the arts.

A fully illustrated catalogue (pictured) by curator Rosie Broadley accompanies the exhibition. This book, like the exhibition, 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.

A beautiful range of gifts and books inspired by Laura Knight’s life and the portraits in the exhibition are now available to buy from the Gallery shops and online.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tel: 020 7306 0055