Summer Landscape is an exceptionally fine example of Knight’s early twentieth-century landscapes. Looser in approach than his earlier academic paintings, he applies paint in dabs and flecks, describing a river and field just after a rain. Though the sunlight has pierced the clouds we know it is windy, evident in the ripples in the water, potentially on a cool Spring day. Rich and deep in atmosphere Knight’s focus is downriver and the distant hills. Eschewing the safety and comfort of the dry bank, Knight was determined to attain a real likeness of the delicate ripples in a pool or the current of a stream. It was often his practice, as we feel is the case in Summer Landscape, to stand in the water when painting. One might say Knight learned all he could from the institutions of Paris and then became a dedicated student of nature.
Private ciollection, New Jersey