The Shepherdess of Rolleboise
Daniel Ridgway Knight
A dreamy mood prevails in this dignified image of a French shepherdess. The pastoral setting provides a poetic backdrop to her youth and beauty, creating a picture that erases the social realities of peasant life. Daniel Ridgway Knight, who was born in Philadelphia and expatriated to France in the early 1870s, was well aware of this painting's potential for success when it debuted at the Paris Salon in 1896; it combined the silvery gray palette and romanticized peasant subject matter that were then popular in Europe and in the United States.
Oil on canvas
68 x 50 1/2 in. (172.7 x 128.2 cm)
frame: 78 5/8 x 61 1/2 x 4 7/8 in. (199.7 x 156.2 x 12.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "Ridgway Knight / Paris 1896"
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Gift of Abraham Abraham
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Daniel Ridgway Knight (American, 1839-1924). The Shepherdess of Rolleboise, 1896. Oil on canvas, 68 x 50 1/2 in. (172.7 x 128.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Abraham Abraham, 98.14 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 98.14_SL1.jpg)
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