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American artist Daniel Ridgeway Knight was born in Pennsylvania and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. From 1872 he lived and worked at Poissy on the River Seine, just to the west of Paris.
Best known for his landscapes and depictions of peasant women in the fields, Knight earned distinction at the Paris Salon of 1882. He went to be was awarded the Silver Medal and Cross of the Legion d’Honneur at the Exposition Universelle in 1889, the Gold Medal of Honour from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1893 and in that same year was created a Knight of the Royal Order of St. Michael of Bavaria in Munich.
Research into Knight’s life and work is currently underway at the Rehs Galleries in New York City in preparation for the catalogue raisonné.
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