Knight, Dame Laura - The Beach
Type of Spiritual Experience
Laura Knight spent the summer of 1908 working on the beach at Newlyn making studies for her large painting of children in bright sunlight.
The Beach was shown at the Royal Academy in 1909, and was considered a great success, showing Laura painting in a more Impressionist style than she had displayed previously.
About this time Knight began painting compositions of women in the open air, often on the rocks at Lamorna. Knight would sometimes use models from London who were prepared to pose nude.