Gallery Visit – Laura Knight at MK Gallery

Gallery Visit – Laura Knight a Panoramic View

Dame Laura Knight, , DBE RA RWS (4 August 1877 – 7 July 1970)was an English artist who worked in oils, watercolours, etching, engraving and drypoint. Knight was a painter in the figurative, realist tradition, who embraced English Impressionism. In her long career, Knight was among the most successful and popular painters in Britain. Her success in the male-dominated British art establishment paved the way for greater status and recognition for women artists.[2]

In 1929 she was created a Dame, and in 1936 became the first woman elected to full membership of the Royal Academy. Her large retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1965 was the first for a woman. Knight was known for painting amidst the world of the theatre and ballet in London, and for being a war artist during the Sedond Worls War. She was also greatly interested in, and inspired by, marginalised communities and individuals, including Gypsies and circus performers.

This major retrospective exhibition will celebrate one of the most popular English artists of the twentieth century, a pioneering painter of performers, war and marginalised communities with a long and successful career that saw her break conventions and achieve many firsts for female artists.

Laura Knight: A Panoramic View will present an in-depth look at Knight’s career, bringing together over 160 works from public and private collections, including iconic works as well as rarely seen paintings and graphic works as well as designs for ceramics, jewellery and costume.

This highly anticipated exhibition surveys Knight’s career spanning almost a century – from her fascination with the backstage world of ballet and theatre and portraits of people’s everyday lives, to depictions of marginalised communities and racial segregation in America. Powerful commissions created as an official war artist during the Second World War will also be on display.

A rare opportunity to see the largest exhibition of Dame Laura Knight in over 50 years at MK Gallery.

Members should meet in the foyer. Members should book their own tickets in advance

The link to the gallery page is here

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Date

Nov 25 2021

Time

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Milton Keynes Gallery
900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3QA
Category

Organizer

Sally White
Phone
07398298783
Email
threadsandpatches@gmail.com