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Pioneer Home, 19th -20th Century

Oil on canvas
17 1/8 × 33 1/8 in
43.5 × 84.1 cm
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Inscription: (top stretcher in pencil, likely not the artist’s hand) Pioneer Home / by R. A. …

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Inscription: (top stretcher in pencil, likely not the artist’s hand) Pioneer Home / by R. A. Blakelock

Labels: 1). University of Nebraska / Blakelock Inventory / 1356
2). (stamp, several times on stretchers) R. C. Vose / Paintings / Boston 3). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 29369
4). Herbert F. Johnson …

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Hand-signed by artist, Signed lower left: R. A. Blakelock
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Ralph Albert Blakelock
American, 1847–1919
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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.

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Inscription: (top stretcher in pencil, likely not the artist’s hand) Pioneer Home / by R. A. …

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Inscription: (top stretcher in pencil, likely not the artist’s hand) Pioneer Home / by R. A. Blakelock

Labels: 1). University of Nebraska / Blakelock Inventory / 1356
2). (stamp, several times on stretchers) R. C. Vose / Paintings / Boston 3). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 29369
4). Herbert F. Johnson …

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Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed lower left: R. A. Blakelock
Frame
Included
Image rights
Copyright Vose Galleries
Ralph Albert Blakelock
American, 1847–1919
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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.

Pioneer Home, 19th -20th Century

Oil on canvas
17 1/8 × 33 1/8 in
43.5 × 84.1 cm
This is a unique work.
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