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Afternoon Light

circa 1880-1890
16 1/8 x 24 1/16 in. (41 x 61.1 cm)

Ralph Albert Blakelock
United States (New York, NY, 1847 - 1919, Elizabethtown, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1974.4
Location: Currently on view
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This brooding, moody canvas was created by one of the most haunted souls in the history of American art. Ralph Blakelock, a man diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and placed in a sanitarium for fifteen years, painted some of the most mysterious, expressive and poetic paintings in 19th century America. Indeed, his interest in and exploration of the unknown and the expressive were deeply admired by such radical 20th century abstract painters as Willem deKooning, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline....

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No. 714 in the Nebraska Blakelock Inventory at the University of Nebraska.

Artist's signature, lower right: R. A. Blakelock

Inscription, verso: N 10 sold to W. Watrous, and H. W. Watrous R. A. Blakelock

Purchased from the artist by Harry Willson Watrous, New York; purchased by Vose Galleries of Boston, MA; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1974

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Blakelock Inventory University of Nebraska inventory of Blakelock paintings

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