Alfred Munnings reading aloud outside on the grass (circa 1911). Harold Knight, R.A. (1874-1961). Oil on canvas.
Munnings (English, Newlyn School, 1878–1959) was known as one of England’s finest painters of horses, and as an outspoken enemy of Modernism.
Knight was a close friend. There were profound changes in Knight’s palette, richer, more colorful, a clarity of light and a growing distance from the gritty realism of his early years. Portraiture, figures and interiors were preferred.