Daniel Ridgway Knight USA
3-15-1839 Chambersburg, USA – 3-9-1924 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Daniel Ridgway Knight was known for his depictions of serene, peasant female figures in bucolic landscapes with pristine lighting, Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and became a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1858 to 1861.
He then studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts with academic painters Charles Gleyre and Alexander Cabanel and shared classes with Renoir and Sisley. In 1863, he returned to Philadelphia to enlist in the army during the Civil War.
In 1871, Daniel Ridgway Knight returned to France and settled in the town of Poissy to be near the renowned academic painter, Jean Louis Meissonier, who directed his artistic focus to peasant figures and influenced him with a richly detailed style of realism.
Daniel Ridgway Knight painted peasant women out of doors with great popular success. He was awarded the silver medal and Cross of the Legion of Honor, Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1889, and was made a Knight of the Royal Order of St. Michael of Bavaria, Munich, 1893, and receiving the gold medal of honor from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1893.
His son, Louis Aston Knight (1873–1948), was also known as a landscape painter.
Influences: Jean Louis Meissonier, Charles Gleyre
Traveled: France, Germany
Influenced: Louis Aston Knight