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An Idle Moment

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An Idle Moment

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Daniel Ridgway Knight
American, 1839–1924

Date

ca. 1890–1895

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

2010.134

Dimensions

37 1/4 x 47 3/8 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

An American expatriate working in Paris, Daniel Ridgway Knight was a master of the French academic style. Even as French Impressionists challenged the Parisian Academy’s traditions, Knight’s romantic depictions of French peasants remained extremely popular with American collectors. For many, Knight’s bucolic scenes offered an escape from the increasingly fast pace of urban life. To accommodate demand, Knight often created several variations of the same painting. An Idle Moment is one such work.

Credit

Gift of the West Foundation in honor of Gudmund Vigtel