12 June 1998
Dame Laura Knight, R.A. (1877-1970)
A Green Sea, Lamorna
signed 'Laura Knight' (lower left), inscribed 'The Green Sea' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm.)
Painted circa 1917
Charles Tennant, London, by whom purchased at the 1918 exhibition.
David Messum, Marlow.
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C. Fox, Dame Laura Knight, Oxford, 1988, pl.20.
London, Leicester Galleries, 'Camp Life' and other Pictures by Laura Knight, February 1918, no.16.
Laura Knight lived in Cornwall between 1907 and 1918, revelling in the active social life of the artistic colony of Newlyn, and inspired by the unique quality of the light on this peninsula.
The present work is from the series of paintings of two girls, seated on the cliffs and set against the backdrop of the sea, which are among her most enduring images of Cornwall. As Caroline Fox (op. cit., p.34) remarks 'These paintings are extremely bright and colourful and reveal her delight in painting the sea in its different moods with shimmering reflections and ripples around the rocks. Her models serve as focal points in these works and as colour contrasts to the rich blues and blue-greens of the sea'.
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