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Ralph Albert Blakelock

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Nations Divided, 1860–1910
Ralph Albert Blakelock’s wide-ranging tours of the American West in 1869 and 1871 inspired him to paint Native subjects for many years. He was among the first painters to depart from a “documentary” treatment of Native Americans, choosing instead to describe them in vaguely readable groups set in dark and moody moonlit settings. This approach immediately marked his landscape settings as American but left the story line up to the active imaginations of his late nineteenth-century American audience.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1885-1889
DIMENSIONS 27 1/16 x 32 in. (68.7 x 81.3 cm) frame: 36 9/16 x 41 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (92.9 x 105.4 x 8.3 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right (in arrowhead): "R. A. Blakelock"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Nations Divided, 1860–1910
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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