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Pitch Pine, Point Arena, California

Ralph Albert Blakelock

American Art

While traveling in the American West, Ralph Blakelock produced more than a hundred on-the-spot sketches, including these drawings of Point Arena and Russian Gulch, sites along the coast north of San Francisco. As is typical of this body of work, he executed each image in pencil and then traced over his graphite line in ink. While forms are described in economical outlines with minimal shading, his animated line—featuring jagged dashes, twists, and loops—foretells the expressive and idiosyncratic nature of his mature art.
MEDIUM Ink and graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream colored wove paper
DATES ca. 1869-1871
DIMENSIONS Sheet (rounded at top): 10 15/16 x 8 1/2 in. (27.8 x 21.6 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed in ink over graphite, lower right: "Pitch Pine / Pines / Pt. Arena Cal / Blakelock"
INSCRIPTIONS Illegible word (artist's notation) inscribed in graphite at upper left
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Le Grand Beers in memory of Edwin Beers
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Ralph Albert Blakelock (American, 1847-1919). Pitch Pine, Point Arena, California, ca. 1869-1871. Ink and graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream colored wove paper, Sheet (rounded at top): 10 15/16 x 8 1/2 in. (27.8 x 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Le Grand Beers in memory of Edwin Beers, 27.17 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 27.17_PS6.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 27.17_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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