Daniel Ridgway Knight
- Daniel Ridgway Knight
- A Halt
- signed D. Ridgway Knight, inscribed Paris, and dated 1890 (lower left)
- oil on canvas
- 45 by 58 in.
- 114.3 by 147.3 cm
Private Collection (by descent from the above and sold, Sotheby's, New York, April 18, 2008, lot 46, illustrated, as Maidens Waiting)
Acquired at the above sale
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As a proponent of painting en plein air, Ridgway Knight closely studied natural light and his masterful technique can be seen in the present work, where he effectively depicts his scene under the flat overcast sky of late autumn. In A Halt, each detail of the landscape, field workers' costumes, gestures, and their heavy loads of vegetables and house wares are carefully described to suggest how the efforts of "simple" tasks affected the women of Poissy. Ridgway Knight was also influenced by the works of Jean-François Millet and, while painting in Barbizon in 1874, he visited the artist. However, Ridgway Knight was not seduced by Millet’s realist view of rural farm life, choosing instead to depict his peasants in more cheerful circumstances. Such an idealization of the rural laborer followed themes established earlier in the nineteenth century and popularized by Ridgway Knight's contemporaries, such as Jules Breton and even William Bouguereau.