The Easel

How painter Winifred Knights became Britain’s ‘unknown genius’

Winifred Knights seems almost a case study in being forgotten. She excelled at art school. A prestigious study grant to Rome followed where she honed her Renaissance-tinged figurative style. She produced a number of critically acclaimed works but was not prolific. When she died in 1948 abstraction was in vogue and no obituaries marked her passing. A first ever retrospective has just opened, gaining strong reviews.