Winifred Knights (1899-1947) an award-winning Slade School artist and first British woman to win the Prix de Rome. An exhibition of her work at Dulwich Picture Gallery will establish Knights as one of the most original women artists of the first half of the 20th century, reuniting all her completed paintings for the first time since they were created, including the apocalyptic The Deluge, 1920 which attracted critical acclaim as ‘the work of a genius’.
Knights’ admiration for the Italian Quattrocento was the inspiration for a highly distinctive and painstakingly executed body of work. The smooth surface, contemplative mood and harmoniously restricted palette of her paintings consciously recall early Renaissance frescoes, adapted to everyday subjects from her own time. Knights’ works are deeply autobiographical - presenting herself as the central protagonist and selecting models from her inner circle, she consistently re-wrote and re-interpreted female figures of fairy-tale and legend, Biblical narrative and Pagan mythology to create documents of her own lived experience.
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Ian A.C. Dejardin is an art historian and The Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Ian A. C. Dejardin is an expert on the Gallery’s permanent collection of European Old Master paintings. Ian curated ‘Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven’ (2010) and co-curated ‘Henry Moore’ (2004). He has organised numerous other exhibitions for the Gallery and authored the Gallery’s publication, Director’s Choice, published by Scala.