Anniversary flash message
Today we remember the birthday of a female artist who made a courageous statement back in 1913. She painted this self portrait with a nude, which still very much was a taboo in those days. The female nude had always been a male subject and women were denied access to nude models.
Dame Laura Knight was born 4 August 1877.
Dame Laura Knight, Dame Laura Knight with model, Ella Louise Naper (‘Self Portrait’), 1913. Oil on canvas, 152,4 x 127,6 cm. National Portrait Gallery, London