Winifred Knights: The Deluge, 1920, oil paint on canvas, 60 x 72 ¼ in. (152.9 x 183.5 cm). © Tate London 2017.
Sacha Llewellyn – Winifred Knights
Sacha Llewellyn is an independent researcher and curator and Director of Liss Llewellyn Fine Art with a particular interest in in interwar British Modernism. In 2016, she curated the first retrospective exhibition of Winifred Knights at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. In addition, Sacha is a writer, her recent publications including catalogue essays for “British Realist Painting between the Wars” at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Winifred Knights (1899-1947), the subject of Sacha’s talk, has been described as “Britain’s unknown genius”. Her 6 foot painting The Deluge, 1920, is one of the most instantly recognisable art works of the 20th century. It has become part of our visual landscape having been reproduced repeatedly thereby posing the question why, until recently, she has been relatively unknown. She had a promising start in her artistic life being accepted into The Slade where the eminent Henry Tonks took an interest in her work. She was outstanding winning the prestigious scholarship to the British School at Rome.
CASW Saturday Lectures and Lunch – Lisvane Memorial Hall, Heol y Delyn, Lisvane, Cardiff, CF14 0SQ
Saturday, 2 September 2017