Girl In Harvest Field Leads Bonhams 19th Century European Paintings Sale

New York- Girl in Harvest Field, a notable work by Daniel Ridgeway Knight, will lead Bonhams 19th Century European Paintings sale on November 20 in New York (estimate: $70,000- 100,000).

Born to a Quaker family in Philadelphia, Daniel Ridgeway Knight spent most of his life in France, where he became life-long friends with Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. He studied in the studios of Charles Gleyre and Alexandre Cabanel in Paris, before returning to America in 1863 to fight for the Union Army in the Civil War. During this time, he continued to sketch his surroundings – creating a deeply personal testimony of his experience that expressed his growing talent for working en plein-air. Knight returned to France in 1873, where he lived alongside the local peasants and farm hands in Poissy, west of Paris. They would become his exclusive subject matter for the rest of his life – be it immortalized as figures going about their daily duties or, as with Girl in Harvest Field, captured in a wistful moment between tasks.

Director of 19th Century European Paintings Madalina Lazen, said: "Despite being accused of romanticizing the workers – an accusation Knight rebuffed through defending the spirted ethic of the peasants – Girl in Harvest Field expresses Knight's tenderness towards his subjects and a tangible sense of vulnerability tapered by strength. With its autumnal colors and well-crafted composition, the work depicts both a simplicity and a beauty to daily rural life."

A further highlight of the sale, Going to the fields by Joža Uprka (Czech, 1861-1940) estimate: $50,000- 70,000, is of similar theme – depicting the daily labor of villagers in the Moravian countryside. Uprka was the son of a Moravian peasant, and despite similarly honing his craft in Paris, his paintings often pay homage to the traditions of the Moravian people. In Going to the fields, the women's colorful hand-embroidered skirts of vibrant red cotton and matching headdress, rendered in Uprka's inimitable style, uniquely blend elements of Romanticism with Art Nouveau.

Other highlights include:

Topi et gondole dans le bassin by Félix François Georges Philibert Ziem (French, 1821-1911), estimate: $30,000- 50,000.

Fishing by Daniel Ridgway Knight (American, 1839-1924), estimate: $30,000- 50,000.

On the terrace by Emile Vernon (French, 1872-1919), estimate: $25,000- 35,000.


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