DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Laura KNIGHT | Self-portrait

1877 – 1970
Self-portrait c.1913
oil on canvas
59.5 (h) x 59.5 (w) cm
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington Gift of Mr and Mrs D.A. Ewen in 1936
© Laura Knight

In Self-portrait Laura Knight used bright colours and energetic brushstrokes to convey her vivacious personality. In her autobiography, Knight described how she imbued her paintings with her sense of enjoyment: ‘An ebullient vitality made me want to paint the whole world and say how glorious it was to be young and strong and able to splash with paint on canvas any old thing one saw, without stint of materials or oneself’.  (Knight, 1936)

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