1940s modernist painting
Madge Knight (United Kingdom/California/Italy 1895-1974) was a female modernist artist working out the UK. Italy and the United States. Knight was married to American modernist artist Charles Houghton Howard, and spent time living in the San Francisco Bay area working closely with the Howard family. The Howard family was a very influential family of forward thinking artists, writers, poets, architects, educators and musicians. Madge and her husband Charles traveled extensively and lived in various places in Europe, often returning to spend time with the Howard family in San Francisco.
This work is very similar to the work of Charles Howard in it’s approach, with elements of surrealism.
Gouache on paper
Identified verso with following note: “Gouache painting by Madge Knight circa 1943 from a portfolio of her works on paper found in 2013/14 at the studio of her brother-in-law Robert B. Howard, 521 Francisco St., S.F.”
Charles Howard and his wife Madge Knight lived at 91 Water St., S.F. during this period. Notes by Galen Howard Hilgard” (See photos).
Housed in a contemporary mat and frame under plexiglass
Measures 12″ x 16.25″ sight size, 19.5″ x 23.5″ x 1.5″ overall