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Daniel Ridgway Knight
Femme cousant

1883

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Gabriel P. Weisberg, writing in Beyond Impressionism: The Naturalist Impulse, explains one of the sources of the immense popularity the very gifted Daniel Ridgway Knight enjoyed during his lifetime and which he continues to enjoy more than seventy-five years since his death in 1924. Weisberg says: “When Daniel Ridgway Knight first exhibited his large canvas Peasants Lunching in a Field at the Paris Salon of 1876, he presented an image that upheld the long tradition of outdoor figure painting. He also knew that through such representations of peasant life he might be taken seriously as a painter capable of creating various aspects of rustic Naturalism. Peasants Lunching in a Field brought him the desired attention from the salon audience and the Paris press. The work thus established him as a leading American artist in France and as a painter sensitive to contemporary themes based on rural life (p. 157).” One of the hallmarks of Knight’s rural life pictures was the “unposed atmosphere” he brought to his subjects. Because he was a master of these relaxed scenes, he “ultimately became a leading artist of rural life...” He “systematically worked out the details of his paintings through a series of preliminary studies of specific settings which he then kept for future reference as he orchestrated his final compositions in his studio.” Knight’s muted color range was augmented “with a silvery atmosphere that recalls the popular landscapes of Camille Corot.” Knight was most comfortable with traditional images, trying to balance the real with the ideal. His women often show a “mood of solemnity and introspection” within a muted atmosphere. He built a glass studio within which he posed his subjects in various kinds of light to capture the effects he wanted for his rustic genre scenes (pp. 158-159).

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Signed and inscribed "Ridgeway Knight Paris 1883"
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 10 in. x W 14 in.H 25.4 cm x W 35.56 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    LU56711985053
  • More Editions & Sizes
    Framed size 19.63" x 23.75"Price: $22,500
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