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By the River by Daniel Ridgway Knight

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Brilliant color and lush landscaping characterize this outstanding painting by Daniel Ridgway Knight

Key Features

  • Brilliant color and lush landscape characterize this outstanding painting by Daniel Ridgway Knight
  • Knight's paintings are renowned for their intense level of detail and picturesque scenery
  • The artist exhibited extensively at the Paris and Munich Salons and several World Exhibitions
  • Authenticated by Howard L. Rehs and will be included in his catalogue raisonné on Knight
  • Signed 'Ridgway Knight Paris 1922' (lower left); Oil on canvas
  • Canvas: 26" high x 32" wide; Frame: 35 1/2" high x 41 1/2" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C:32" F:41 1/2" Inches
  • Height:
    C:26" F:35 1/2" Inches
  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
  • Subject:
  • Artist:
    Knight, Daniel Ridgway
Daniel Ridgway Knight
1839-1924  American 

By the River

Signed 'Ridgway Knight Paris 1922' (lower left)
Oil on canvas 

A stunning work by American painter Daniel Ridgway Knight, known for his realistic landscapes and beautiful images of peasant women. The lush French country side surrounds this compelling portrait of a woman picking roses which remarkably exhibits Knight's artistic genius for which he is so admired. Painting with great attention to detail, Knight used the technique of intensifying colors in the foreground and contrasting them against subdued backgrounds in order to heighten the realism of his canvases.

Born in Pennsylvania, Knight spent most of his life as an American expatriate working abroad in Paris. After studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, he moved to Paris to study at the École des Beaux Arts in 1861. There he had the unique opportunity to work with many celebrated artists including Pierre Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Charles Gleyre.

In 1863, Knight returned to Philadelphia to fight with Union soldiers during the Civil War. He sketched battle scenes to create a personal, historical account of the war. Knight returned to Paris in 1871 and began studying under realist painter Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier, whose enormous influence on the American artist, helped Knight obtain entry to the prestigious Paris Salon.

By the mid-1890s, Knight had established his home in Rolleboise, a charming village on the Seine that became the subject matter for the majority of his works, including this picturesque painting. In his quest to faithfully portray the light of the sun and moon on its environment, Knight built himself a glass studio in his garden where he could paint in natural light regardless of the weather. It was here that he painted the scenes which are now so highly sought after by collectors. Knight exhibited his works extensively including the Paris Salon, the Munich Salon and World Exhibitions, earning a number of awards and medals. His paintings are highly collectible and are represented in a number of private and museum collections.

Canvas: 26" high x 32" wide 
Frame: 35 1/2" high x 41 1/2" wide 

This work has been authenticated by Howard L. Rehs and will be included in his forthcoming catalogue raisonné on Daniel Ridgway Knight.

Artist's Museums: 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Artist's Exhibitions & Awards: 
Paris Salon, 1888, Gold Medal
Munich Exposition, 1888, Gold Medal
Paris Exposition, 1888, Silver Medal
Columbian Exposition, 1893, Gold Medal
Antwerp Exposition, 1894, Gold Medal
Pennsylvania Academy, 1896, Grand Medal
French Legion d'Honneur, 1909, Chevalier
St. Michael of Bavaria, Knight

Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 1976, E. Bénézit 
Who Was Who In American Art, Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, 1985

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