Daniel Ridgeway Knight
Meditation, A Portrait of A Young Lady
24" x 20"
oil on canvas
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. 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.
It was his ability to portray the human figure so naturally that made Knight so popular not only in his own lifetime, but even today.
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