Below is the painting in a slightly larger version. Just for The Anchoress!
"Daydreaming" by Daniel Ridgway Knight
Daniel Ridgway Knight, like so many of the finest of painters, lived the bulk of his life in the Nineteenth Century. He died in 1924. In every respect, this artist was a classical painter. Like others whose work I admire, Knight's art is lifelike without being pedestrian. I know, that sounds like I'm about to wax Academic. Don't worry: I haven't the training or the vocabulary to speak deeply on the subject.
Like so many folks, "I knows what I likes"! And I 'likes' Knight. I think what fascinates me so much is the way the truly classical remains powerful. The same is true of music, just as much as with painting.
What do I mean?
I enjoy Classical music. Really enjoy it! Yes, in the solitude of my apartment, with a favorite piece playing, I will do the 'Orchestra Conductor' bit. I wave my hands about, point to the violin section, and generally act like an odd-ball. I also play 'air guitar' while playing the Beatles, or Moody Blues. So it's not just for the old stuff that I get 'active'! LOL
That being said, I have favorites. Regardless of what the experts have to say on the subject, I like Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky. So do, and did, a whole lot of people. The experts, as is so often the case, are elitist boobs with all their taste in their tongues. Tchaikovsky wrote music that he enjoyed, and that we enjoy. And that's what makes a successful artist. It ain't what the experts say.
So for me, the Hungarian Rhapsodies of Franz Liszt are exciting to hear! Try them! You won't be sorry. Not a chance of that! They are not the sonorous funereal trudgings of Mahler and so many of the modern composers. Nope! This is music! Real, honest-to-GOD music!
Which brings me to Georges Enesco. Never heard of him? That's sad. I'd just about bet you've heard at least snippets of his Romanian Rhapsodies. And they are beautiful! This man was born in 1881, in the village of Liveni, Romania. Enesco (or George Enescu!) died in 1955, having spent most of his life in the Twentieth Century. Yet, when you listen to his Romanian Rhapsodies, you would swear you hearing the works of any great classical composer. For he is! A great classical composer. Play any of his "Romanian Rhapsodies", either No. 1 or No.2, and hear what I mean. I can't get enough of them! I can play them over and over again. And for me that's the ultimate compliment on any song's worth. And Enesco is beautiful: his was a classical style and beauty that may be 'out-of-style' for the self-proclaimed musical experts. But to anyone who hears his Rhapsodies, they aren't. No, they are beautiful. Always.
Below is another of Knight's paintings. Enjoy! It's classical and beautiful, and I don't care if it's out-of-style. I bet you don't either.
"A Moment Of Rest" by Daniel Ridgway Knight