16 1/8 x 24 1/16 in. (41 x 61.1 cm)
Ralph Albert Blakelock
(New York, NY, 1847 - 1919, Elizabethtown, NY)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Location: Not currently on view
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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and John Peters-Campbell.
Golden Day, Silver Night: Perceptions of Nature in American Art 1850-1910.
Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 1982.
Article Author: Owens, Gwendolyn.
Article Title: Golden Day/Silver Night.
Article Scope: Article.
Cornell Alumni News.
Ithaca, NY: Cornell University
Volume Number: 85,
Issue Number: 3.
Issue Date: October 1982.
Page Number: 20
Warren J. Adelson.
Ralph Albert Blakelock, 1849-1919.
New York, New York: M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., 1973.
Article Scope: Entry.
Norman A. Geske.
Ralph Albert Blakelock, 1847-1919.
Nebraska: Nebraska Art Association, 1974.
Issue Date: 1975.
Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, 2000--.
Article Author: Daiss, Lili.
Article Title: Untitled poem.
Article Scope: Poetry.
Community Voices in the Gallery: a Collection of Writings by Members of our Community Inspired by Works of Art at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery, 2009.
Page Number: 17
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