Unknown Painting by Daniel Ridgway Knight Surfaces After 118 Years
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Unknown Painting by Daniel Ridgway Knight Surfaces After 118 Years

Daniel Ridgway Knight "On the Terrace, Rolleboise" ( ArtfixDaily.com ) Rehs Galleries Inc., the New York gallery specializing in 19th and 20th-century works of art, recently discovered On The Terrace, Rolleboise , a previously unknown painting by the American Ex-patriate artist Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924). Ridgway Knight, born in Chambersburg, PA, received his formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he was a classmate of Mary Cassatt and Thomas Eakins. In 1861, he traveled to Paris and entered the ateliers of Alexandre Cabanel and Charles Gabriel Gleyre. Knight returned to the United States in 1863 to serve in the Civil War and met Rebecca Morris Webster. The two married in 1871 and the following year the couple traveled back to France, where they would remain for the rest of their lives. Once settled in France, they became friendly with Renoir, Sisley, and Meissonier (the latter of which, Daniel developed a close relationship with). Ridgway Knight’s 1875 Paris Salon painting Les laveuses ( Wash Day) received critical acclaim and was inspired by a Meissonier sketch. On the Terrace, Rolleboise (circa 1900) captures a young peasant girl in a moment of reflection at the edge of a garden […]

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