Foiled: Tinsel Painting in America
Urn of Flowers with Scene from Ballet Swan Lake
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  • Alice Knight (1861–1963)
  • Hillsborough, New Hampshire
  • c. 1940
  • Reverse painting and foil on glass
  • 15 5/16 x 11 1/2 in.
  • American Folk Art Museum, gift of Susan and Laurence Lerner, 2009.13.30

    This is one of the most exuberant and finely executed tinsel paintings in terms of color and design. Several signed tinsel paintings by Alice Knight have surfaced over the years; a glass negative of this tinsel painting exists as well as another almost identical work. The artist was born in Ludlow, England, and arrived in America in 1889. She maintained a studio and school in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, and was well known in her community for her reverse paintings on glass as well as landscapes and decorative painting on furniture and trays. Knight was engaged in artmaking up until a few years before she died.
  • Photo © 2006 Andy Duback