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Daniel Ridgway Knight

Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839 - 1924). In conjunction with the preparation of the catalogue the gallery is conducting a search for sources, written documentation, photographs and any other pertinent information relating to the art of Knight.

Ridgway Knight was born in Pennsylvania in 1839. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1858 - 1861 and then traveled to Paris and studied at the Atelier Gleyre and with Cabanel at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts from 1861 - 1863. Knight returned to America to serve in the Army; he met and married Rebecca Webster and in 1871 he and his bride returned to France -where they remained for the rest of their lives.

By 1873 Knight moved to Poissy - a rural area just outside of Paris. It was there that he found the subject matter that would occupy him for the rest of his life - the French farm laborer.

A writer in the May1876 edition of the Art Journal writes about Knight's Salon painting entitled The French Washerwomen: "...the figures are drawn with remarkable spirit, and in their delineation much grace of form is show. It is without that artificial feeling which belongs to work where the conventional model is called into requisition." It was this ability to portray the human figure so naturally that made Knight so popular not only in his own lifetime, but even today.

Knight's most memorable images come from the time he spent in Rolleboise - after 1896. Here he coupled his beautiful models with the lush landscapes and gardens around his home - creating many of his most highly sought after works.
Young Girl Holding a Puppy
ID:7378
Young Girl by a Stream
ID:7377
Women Washing Clothes by a Stream
ID:7376
Woman in a Garden
ID:7375
Watering the Garden
ID:7374
Waiting3
ID:7373
The Two Friends
ID:7372
The Seine at Vernon
ID:7371
The Oyster Gatherer
ID:7370
The Laundress
ID:7369
The Honeymoon Breakfast
ID:7368
The Harvesters3
ID:7367
The Harvesters Resting
ID:7366
The Grass Cutter
ID:7365
The Golden Sunset
ID:7364
The Flower Girl
ID:7363
The Flower Boat
ID:7362
The Conversation
ID:7361
Summer Evening5
ID:7360
Stopping for Conversation
ID:7359

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