Friday, August 2, 2019

Harold Knight

Harold Knight (1874-1961) was the son of a Nottingham, England architect who attended the well regarded art school in his home city.  Near the end of his studies, he entered some academic male nude paintings in a contest and won the grand prize.  This launched a very successful career as a portraitist, and as far as anyone can tell, he never painted nudes again, male or female.  A conscientious objector, he was blacklisted during World War I, and his career hit the skids.  After the war, however, it recovered, and he was deservedly made a full member of the Royal Academy.

1 comment:

  1. Harold Knight's work is lovely. So evocative of late Victorian England. I particularly like the way a fairly mature model is doing the type of pose usually done by a much younger one. It works rather well. All his work is inspiring...