Laura Knight - The Bathing Pool

The Bathing Pool

Laura Knight

1877 – 1970

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Arguably one of the greatest British artists of the first half of the 20th Century, at the time this work was painted she was living in Cornwall, near Lamorna Cove, and exploring an expressionist approach to painting the nude.  She and her husband Harold, a portrait painter, were part of a group of artists who had moved to the area in search of the wonderful southern light.  At the time, before the Great War, it was unusual to see nude models in a location such as this, the local girls disinclined to pose ‘en plein air’, but models brought from London were apparently happy to co-operate.

This superb work was retained by Laura until the time of her major retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1965.  Catalogue no. 84, it was purchased by a Doctor Walters, in whose family it remained until recently – documentation, including a charming letter from the artist, remains with the work.

To realise the importance and amazing career of Dame Laura Knight, one can find a great deal of information by reading her entry on Wikipedia.

Gouache

17” x 26” image

23” x 31½” frame

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