Ralph A. BlakelockU.S. 1847-1919
The most isolated of the group of nineteenth-century American landscapists, both stylistically and emotionally, was Ralph Albert Blakelock. A self-taught artist, Blakelock produced some of the most haunting images and, to some, the most authentic experience of the American landscape. The artist sought to capture the Hudson River School style but could not find it within himself to seek the grand subject or the sweeping vista that focused on literal details of the landscape. Instead he turned inward, and, along with Albert Pinkham Ryder, represented to many twentieth-century critics, authentic American painting, untainted by European influence, both in method and in mind.
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