June 20, 2024

Trailblazing artist’s love for Worcestershire honoured in exhibition

The work of a trailblazing artist will be on display at a special exhibition.

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum is hosting the ‘Dame Laura Knight: I Paint Today’ exhibition until Sunday, June 30.

Dame Laura was one of the leading female artists of the 20th century, and the first to feature at the Royal Academy.

This display celebrates the life and work of the beloved artist, and her enduring connection with the Worcestershire countryside, which inspired much of the work in the later years of her life.

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More than 6,000 people have already flocked to the gallery since its opening in January.

The exhibition showcases a selection of her work, focusing on crucial events, personalities and achievements that had a profound influence on her life and career.

A series of paintings from the Worcester City collection are on display, along with regional and national loans from the Imperial War Museum.

The artworks narrate the life of a female artist evolving from the Victorian era, and adapting her craft through decades of dramatic change.

Dame Laura and her husband Harold first visited Malvern in 1933 and quickly became enamoured with the striking Malvern Hills landscape, which later became the subject of her much-adored paintings.

The exhibition also includes ‘The Yellow Dress’, a popular artwork from the Worcester City collection.

Painted during her time as a theatre scene painter in the 1920s and 1930s, the piece captures the Royal Shakespeare Company’s costume-making studio with colour and thick strokes.

During World War Two, Knight enlisted with the War Artists Advisory Committee, and watched the bombings of Coventry and Birmingham from the Malvern Hills.

She painted many iconic images of the war, including the Nuremburg trials.

Deborah Fox, Museums Worcestershire senior curator said: “There has been an incredible response to this exhibition and a real outpouring of love for Dame Laura Knight and her wonderful paintings.

“We are pleased to have welcomed visitors from across the country to see the range and glorious nature of her work.”

The gallery is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, and from 10am to 3pm on Sundays.

Tickets for the exhibition can be booked at www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk.

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