Winifred Knights (1899-1947):
Aladdin with self portrait
Framed (ref: 3127)
Pen and pencil and ink on paper, 6 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (17 x 9.5cm.)
(8 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. (21.8 x 14.4cm.) framed)
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Provenance: The Artist's Estate; Private collection
At the start of her art training Knights considered a career as an illustrator. Presenting herself as the central protagonist, and selecting models from her inner circle, she was greatly drawn to themes showing female independence, strength and courage, such as Rossetti's Goblin Market. The conflict between female self-empowerment and subjugation was a recurrent theme, explored through women’s relationship to the natural world, to working communities, to marriage, motherhood and death.