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Laura Knight: A Life

Laura Knight: A Life

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Publisher McNidder & Grace
Year 20/12/2013
Pages 260
Version hardback
Readership level General/trade
ISBN 9780857160492
Categories Individual artists, art monographs, Biography: arts & entertainment
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Laura Knight: A Life covers her long productive career and probes the myths and fictions that have and continue to be woven around the artist. This highly readable and objective biography covers her relationship with her husband Harold, life in the artist colonies of Staithes and Newlyn, the ballet, the circus, the theatre and her role as Official War Artist during World War 11 and recorder of the Nuremberg Trials. Barbara Morden does more than merely draw the solid lines of Dame Laura's professional and public identity, she fills in the background, expresses the light and colour of Laura Knight's vibrant personality and by also exploring the darker shades of her character gives this portrait depth and perspective. If you read just one biography of Laura Knight it should be this one.

Laura Knight: A Life

Table of contents

A note on source material vi Acknowledgements vii Foreword by R. John Croft ix Introduction: "I can twist and turn" 1 Chapter One: "Our unconventional household" 5 Chapter Two: "Why must girls be pretty?" 19 Chapter Three: "The only serious girl student" 33 Chapter Four: "A place and a people apart" 50 Chapter Five: "Watering the seeds of our ideas" 70 Chapter Six: "Life was going with a swing" 82 Chapter Seven: "Daring grew, I would work only in my own way" 102 Chapter Eight: "Armed with my sketch-book and full of confidence" 126 Chapter Nine: "To understand, to grasp life with both hands" 156 Chapter Ten: "A panoramic view - like a half-rolled map" 178 Chapter Eleven: "Keep going, keep going" 203 Chapter Twelve: "To hold the excitement and the ecstasy" 226 Conclusion: "A rainbow shone right into our back yard" 245 Afterword by David Phillips 249 List of Exhibitions 251 Appeal for Information 252 Select Bibliography 253 Index 255

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