Laura Knight: A Celebration

When: 17 May 2021 to 16 September 2021
Where: Penlee House Gallery & Museum Morrab Road Penzance Cornwall TR18 4HE
Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Cost: Adult £6 Young people (18-26) £3 Children Free
Suitable for: Any age

A major retrospective exhibition, coming in 2021 will celebrate the career of one of Britain’s best-loved artists.

Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) was one of the twentieth century’s most prolific British artists. Over her long career, Knight painted scenes in Cornwall, Yorkshire and Worcestershire. She became fascinated by performers, especially in the circus, and developed a talent for capturing the extraordinary within the everyday.

Laura Knight’s career spanned 80 years and encompassed a huge variety of subjects, techniques and styles. Her achievements included being the first woman elected to the Royal Academy since 1769 and being made a Dame in 1929.

The exhibition will bring together over 60 works by the artist, exploring different themes she became fascinated with over her life. Her stunning landscapes in Cornwall, Yorkshire and Worcestershire will be shown alongside her paintings of circus performers and Gypsies.

Exhibition Gallery

Laura Knight (1877 – 1970) Sennen Cove, c.1917 Oil on canvas Private Collection © Reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2021. All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images
Laura Knight (1877 – 1970) The Cornish Coast aka Two Girls and a Dog, 1917 Oil on canvas Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru (National Museum Wales) © Reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2021. All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images
Laura Knight (1877 – 1970) Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech-ring, 1943 Oil on canvas © Imperial War Museums, IWM ART LD 2850.

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