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Mist in the Valley depicts a well-known area of the Catskills near Kaaterskill Clove and the site of the Catskill Mountain House.
This painting has been authenticated and catalogued by the University of Nebraska Inventory as NBI-864, category II.

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With the exception of James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Albert Pinkham Ryder, no American Tonalist was more crucial to the development of American modernism than Ralph Albert Blakelock. Although he started out as a somewhat conventional Hudson River School painter, his poetic and symbolic moonlights of the 1890s, with their emphasis on pattern and abstract design and manipulated paint surfaces, changed the face of American art. Blakelock’s scintillating dream-like nocturnes reward close inspection for their interplay of color, tone, subtle vibration, refracted edges, jagged rhythmic patterns, and dissonant harmonies. The artist endlessly experimented with surface textures: scumbling, scraping, and even pumicing his lacquer-like pigments. Blakelock’s works are replete with analogues to nature’s underlying armature, even mimicking the organic structure visible on the microscopic level of cellular formation, or writ large in the more apparent structures of the environment, from plant morphology and animal physiology to geologic structures.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2021
The Historic Hudson River School: American InnovationQuestroyal Fine Art
2016
Ralph Albert Blakelock | The Great Mad Genius ReturnsQuestroyal Fine Art
2014
100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial CelebrationMontclair Art Museum
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Mist in the Valley, Late 19th century

Oil on canvas
14 3/16 × 24 1/8 in
36 × 61.3 cm
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$95,000
Location
New York
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Mist in the Valley depicts a well-known area of the Catskills near Kaaterskill Clove and the site …

Medium
Frame
Included

With the exception of James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Albert Pinkham Ryder, no American Tonalist was more crucial to the development of American modernism than Ralph Albert Blakelock. Although he started out as a somewhat conventional Hudson River School painter, his poetic and symbolic moonlights of the 1890s, with their emphasis on pattern and abstract design and manipulated paint surfaces, changed the face of American art. Blakelock’s scintillating dream-like nocturnes reward close inspection for their interplay of color, tone, subtle vibration, refracted edges, jagged rhythmic patterns, and dissonant harmonies. The artist endlessly experimented with surface textures: scumbling, scraping, and even pumicing his lacquer-like pigments. Blakelock’s works are replete with analogues to nature’s underlying armature, even mimicking the organic structure visible on the microscopic level of cellular formation, or writ large in the more apparent structures of the environment, from plant morphology and animal physiology to geologic structures.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Ralph Albert Blakelock | The Great Mad Genius Returns
Other works by Ralph Albert Blakelock
Other works from Questroyal Fine Art
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