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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Daniel Ridgeway Knight (American painter, 1838-1924)


Daniel Ridgway Knight born into a strict Quaker home in Philadelphia, Knight was groomed for work in a local hardware store. Life is Sweet represents Knight at his best and most typical within his production of smaller scale oil paintings for his usual clientele. Daniel Ridgway Knight also painted several large paintings for major exhibitions, the best known of which is Hailing the Ferry, which won the third gold medal at the Paris Salon of 1888. This painting is a highlight of early Daniel Ridgway Knight paintings that shows social and stylistic affinities to Jules Bastien-Lepage, to Jules Breton, the artist he is most frequently compared to, and even, in overall "finish," to J.-L. Ernest Meissonier, the godfather to Knight's daughter. Life is Sweet, on the other hand, is a later version of Knight's academic Impressionism, looser, more varied in color, and more unified in effect. (From World Classic Gallery)













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