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A Gray Day on the Riviera, Cap Ferrat

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A Gray Day on the Riviera, Cap Ferrat

25 5/8 x 32 in. (65.1 x 81.3 cm)

Louis Aston Knight
American (Paris, France, 1873 - 1948)

Object Type: Watercolor
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor on paper laid down on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of E. Franklin Brewster
Accession Number: 1913.2
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Location: Not currently on view

Louis Aston Knight was born of American parents in Paris, but didn’t visit the United States until 1905, by which time he was already an established painter. Two years later, he married a distant cousin, Caroline Ridgway Brewster of Rochester. Best known for bucolic Normandy landscapes in a style that Thomas Kinkade would appropriate many decades later, this particular view of the rocky French coastline east of Nice is unusual within the artist’s oeuvre in its muted palette and absence of picturesque old dwellings. Knight and his wife took refuge in New York City for the duration of WWI, and he lectured here at MAG in 1918.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

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Artist's signature, lower left: Aston Knight/Paris

Inscription, on the stretcher: 86 a gray day on the Riviera


Provenance
Purchased from 1914 exhibition of Aston Knight's work at Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester

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It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013


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