Harold Knight (1874-1961)
|Artist Name||Harold Knight (1874-1961)|
|Title||Seated Nude Female Portrait|
|Description||This superb British nude portrait oil painting is attributed to the circle of Harold Knight. Painted circa 1930, it is a seated study of a nude woman in soft focus, arms raised to one side to hold a staff and gazing down to her left. The background is blocks of colour in muted tones, reminiscent of the Cornish artists. The tones of her flesh are fantastic and where the light particularly catches her shoulder and right forearm they almost appear as mother of pearl. It is an unusual pose and the artist has perfectly captured her musculature. Although a full nude, it is quite demure and modest in its tone, aided by the soft focus and muted tones. A really lovely 1930's portrait housed in a fantastic empire frame.|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||18 x 24 inches|
|Frame||House in a gilt frame, 31 inches by 25 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||Harold Knight (1874-1961) was born in Nottingham, the son of an architect, and studied at Nottingham School of Art under Wilson Foster. It was at the School of Art that he met his future wife, Laura Johnson, who he married in 1903. After spending time in Paris and then at Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast, Harold Knight moved to Newlyn, with Laura, in 1907. The couple mainly lived and worked in Lamorna, becoming key figures in the Lamorna group, and they remained in Cornwall until 1919. Knight was a pacifist and refused to enlist for service in the Great War. He faced a tribunal to test his beliefs and he was put to work in north Cornwall, hoeing vegetables. Some artists from Lamorna established a temporary base near Dozmary Pool on Bodmin Moor and Knight relished their company, which he found more forgiving than some of the public disapproval of his pacifism (and even the views of some artists from the wider community).
Exhibited: Warrington (Museum & Art Gallery), Salford Quays (Lowry) and Birkenhead (Williamson Art Gallery), `Shades of British Impressionism : Lamorna Birch and his Circle, A Memorial Exhibition October 2004-February 2005.