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Premier Chagrin (First Grief)

Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839–1924), Premier Chagrin, 1892, oil on canvas, 60 x 47 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Jack R. and Mary Lois Wheatley.


This sentimental painting of two young French peasant girls displays Knight’s early 1860s Parisian training in depicting the human form. He came home to enlist in the Union army, and in 1871 he went back to France never to return to America. He embraced the subject of French peasants, a popular subject with both French and American painters, and won many awards abroad. His works were collected by the wealthy on both sides of the Atlantic. Premier Chagrin (First Grief) appeared at the Paris Salon of 1892.

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