AN exhibition of one of the foremost women painters of the 20th century opens today.

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum is hosting a collection of works by Dame Laura Knight, titled ‘Laura Knight in the Open Air’, in the county where she painted during many of her later years.

It includes outdoor paintings crafted throughout her career, such as her depictions of Romany life, panoramas of the Malvern Hills and her famous depiction of the Nuremberg war trials.

From 1933, Dame Laura and her husband Harold were frequent visitors to the Mount Pleasant Hotel, Belle Vue Terrace, Malvern, and fell in love with the dramatic landscape of the Malvern Hills.

Philippa Tinsley, senior curator for Museums Worcestershire said: “It is always a pleasure to install a new exhibition but this one is particularly special because of the artist's connections with the county.

“We hope that people will come and enjoy these fantastic paintings and revel in Laura Knight’s view of our historic landscape.” The exhibition runs until February 10, 2013. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Entry is free.