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An Excellent Well Written, Well Illustrated, Succinct Catalogue,
This review is from: Laura Knight Portraits (Paperback)
An excellent catalogue written to accompany the exhibition of Laura Knight Portraits currently on show at the National Portrait Gallery until 13th October 2013 and subsequently at the Laing and Plymouth galleries.
This catalogue is well written, succinct, with a very good review of the work of Laura Knight, a very useful chronology and excellent plates of the thirty or so pictures that appear in the exhibition. Rosie Broadley, the curator of this small exhibition, has arranged the portraits and the review of the work of Knight into six sections which illustrate some of the many different themes and painting styles taken up by this exceptionally versatile painter. The sections deal with Laura and Harold Knight in Cornwall, Theatre and Ballet paintings, the John Hopkins Hospital portraits done in Baltimore, USA, Circus and Gypsies, World War II pictures and the Nuremberg Trial painting, and finally the society portraits or Patronage of the established artist. The approach taken by Broadley is straightforward, biographical and mercifully free of mock-artistic abstractions.
Laura Knight has been somewhat overlooked until recently when her work has again appeared in exhibitions. It is likely that the book and film of the same name, "Summer in February" will further stimulate interest in the Newlyn group of artists and particularly the Lamorna Cove set of which Knight was a very active participant for a few years just before WWI.
This is a highly readable and excellent catalogue and makes a pleasant change from some of the overblown and completely unwieldy works that have accompanied several recent London exhibitions.