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An Idle Moment, Daniel Ridgway Knight, oil on canvas
An Idle Moment, Daniel Ridgway Knight, oil on canvas

An Idle Moment, Daniel Ridgway Knight, oil on canvas, roughly 37 x 47 inches (95 x 120 cm); link is to page for high res file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the High Museum of Art.

American artist Daniel Ridgway Knight, who was active in the late 19th end early 20th centuries, spent much of his career in France, where he was noted for his portrayals of peasant women in idyllic pastoral scenes, often near or overlooking a river (presumably the Seine Valley).

Here, we see him depart slightly from his usual depiction of one or two women, with the addition of a third, male, figure, engaging the young women in conversation as they take a break from their chores.

I love the softly atmospheric look of many of Knights paintings, which make great use of soft edges, and the compressed values and muted colors with which he indicates distance.

 
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