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A Study of Light and Water
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Louis Aston Knight
(1873 - 1948)
Diane's Cottage
Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed and inscribed Paris
Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York City, 1999
Private collection, 1999

Louis Aston KnightA Cottage in the Meadow Louis Aston KnightA River Landscape - Fall Louis Aston KnightA Summer's Day, La Riviere
Louis Aston KnightAlong the River, Beaumont Louis Aston KnightCottage by the River, Launay Louis Aston KnightCottage Garden, Normandy
Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage in June Louis Aston KnightLe Pont Fleuri, Quimperlé
Louis Aston KnightLes Vieux Lavoirs, Normandie Louis Aston KnightPink Phlox, Normandie Louis Aston KnightThe Mill Stream
Louis Aston KnightAlong the River, Beaumont-le-Roger Louis Aston KnightThe Blue Cottage Louis Aston KnightSummer Blossoms, St. Gertrude
Louis Aston KnightA Beaumont-le-Roger Louis Aston KnightCottage by the River Louis Aston KnightThe Risle at Le Riviere Thibouville
Louis Aston KnightThe Old Harbor, Dordricht, Holland Louis Aston KnightFlowers in Bloom Louis Aston KnightThe Charentonne at Serquigny
Louis Aston KnightCottage Garden at Martigny Louis Aston KnightSummer Morning Louis Aston KnightCottage at Launay
Louis Aston KnightThe Little Mill Near Bec Heloin Louis Aston KnightLa Varenne at Martigny Louis Aston KnightSunlight & Shadow
Louis Aston KnightCottage by the River Louis Aston KnightLes Bords de la Risle Louis Aston KnightBeaumontel
Louis Aston KnightA Cote de Riviere Louis Aston KnightSummer Garden Louis Aston KnightThe Walker Cake, Putney
Louis Aston KnightFleur au bord de la Riviere Louis Aston KnightA Bend in the River Louis Aston KnightMy Mill
Louis Aston KnightAlong the Seine Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage Louis Aston KnightSummer Evening, Beaumont
Louis Aston KnightBeaumont-le-Roger Louis Aston KnightRio St. Aponal, Venice Louis Aston KnightApple Blossoms
Louis Aston KnightMaisonette a Cote de Riviere Louis Aston KnightRiverside Farm – South Kortright, N.Y. Louis Aston KnightSummer Garden, Normandy
Louis Aston KnightSummer Afternoon, Normandy Louis Aston KnightThe Winding River Louis Aston KnightCottage by the River
Louis Aston KnightLe Soir, Dordrecht Louis Aston KnightLa Vieux Lavoir, Normandy Louis Aston KnightQuiet Corner, a Cottage Near Dieppe
Louis Aston KnightThe Long Cottage Louis Aston KnightPont del Angelo, Venice Louis Aston KnightSummer, Beaumont-le-Roger
Louis Aston KnightOld Mill in Normandy Louis Aston KnightThe Risle Valley, Normandy Louis Aston KnightBrittany Evening
Louis Aston KnightMarket Place, Rouen Louis Aston KnightMarket Place, Rouen Louis Aston KnightHonfleur, France
Louis Aston KnightSummer Flowers Louis Aston KnightGoupilliere, France Louis Aston KnightA Cottage at Goupillieres (Normandy)
Louis Aston KnightLa Risle a Beaumont-le-Roger Louis Aston KnightGarden & Meadow, Normandy, Risle Valley Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage, Beaumont-le-Roger
Louis Aston KnightSur le Soir Louis Aston KnightCottages Along the River Louis Aston KnightRisle Valley
Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage Louis Aston KnightChaumiere, a bord de l'eau Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage
Louis Aston KnightDiane's Cottage at Sunset Louis Aston KnightA Canal in Venice Louis Aston KnightThe End of the Village
Louis Aston KnightA River in Normandy    
A Study of Light and Water


Louis Aston Knight, was the son of the American expatriate artist, Daniel Ridgway Knight. Born in Paris in 1873, Louis, unlike his father, had the privilege to be brought up in a home where he was surrounded by art and music. Raised and educated in Europe, Louis attended the Chigwell School in England for his Liberal Arts Education and began his artistic training, under the guidance of his father. Later he studied formally with the great French Romantic painters, Robert-Fleury and Jules Lefebvre.

In 1894 Aston Knight debuted at the Paris Salon, starting a highly acclaimed career. Among his many awards, he won a Bronze medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900, an honorable mention at the Paris Salon in 1901, a gold medal in Lyon in 1903, a gold medal in Geneva and in Nantes in 1904 and Gold medals at the Paris Salon in both 1905 and 1906, earning him the title Hors concours as the first American to win two gold medals at the Salon in two consecutive years. Knight, was also made a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1924 becoming an Officer in 1928 and eventually a Commander in 1934.

Louis Aston Knight is most famous for his French landscapes executed in and around his home in Beaumont-le-Roger. Aston looked up to Claude Monet, and visited him from time to time at his home in Giverny. He was particularly impressed with Monet's gardens, and strove to cultivate a garden as beautiful as the master's. Knight also awarded prizes each year to the neighboring peasants who kept the nicest gardens. This ensured him of good models for his cottage landscape paintings.

Gradually Aston Knight became well known in the New York art scene and traveled to the United States many times – painting scenes in New York, Florida and California. In 1911, Knoedler and Co. held an exhibition of his landscapes of the U.S.A. and France. His exhibition at the Levy Gallery in New York, in 1931 attracted much attention. In fact, "Art News" critiqued the show (26 December issue) and described his fame and plein-air approach:

A group of new landscapes by Aston Knight, the popular painter of the Normandy Riverscape, is the Holiday attraction at the Levy Gallery. Mr. Knight sticks closely to his well established formula, doubtless due to the tremendous acclaim acquired in his earlier years when Hopkinson Smith publicized him as the "painter in the high rubber boots" for Mr. Knight was not content with studying the action of the Normandy streams from the comfortable banks.... used to [put] on a pair of waist-high rubber boots and setting up his easel in mid-stream, paint the purling waters at first hand.

Aston Knight was a favorite of American Presidents in his day. In 1922, President Harding purchased Aston Knight’s painting entitled The Afterglow, to hang in the White House. Knight even held a private exhibition at the White House for President Coolidge during his Presidency.

Many of his works have had international acclaim and are housed in the art collections throughout the world, including: the Luxembourg Museum; Musee des Colonies, Paris; the Museum of Fine Arts, Toledo, Ohio and the Delgado Museum, New Orleans.

John Levy Galleries, N.Y., Nov. 24 – Dec. 6, n.d.
Knoedler & Co., N.Y., Dec 26, 1911 – Jan 6, 1912
Detroit Museum of Art, March 18 – 30, 1914
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, May 1918
Biltmore Salon, L.A., CA., Exhibition of Landscapes by Aston
Knight, January 26 to February 7, 1931

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