Daniel Ridgway Knight
Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924) is a prominent representative of the galaxy of Western artists of the nineteenth century in painting.
Years of study and hard work brought him success. His paintings were exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, but he went to Paris to continue his studies at the School of Fine Arts. During the war, he served in the army and made sketches of battle scenes, this is a kind of recording of the war for history.
As a portrait painter, he starts working in order to earn enough money and return to France, where he focuses on depicting villagers during their working days (working in the field, washing on the river bank, going for water, etc.), and also - during their happiest moments in life. By the mid-1890s, Knight had moved into a house in Rolleyboys, about forty miles west of Paris. The house is surrounded by beautiful flower beds and a garden terrace. Here he began to paint paintings that are now especially popular and appreciated by modern collectors of fine art. In his paintings, there are magnificent flower beds, young female faces, all the many-sided beauty of natural flora.