Ralph Blakelock, American 1847-1919. Moonlight, Late 19th Century. Oil on canvas. City of Davenport Art Collection, Gift of Clara L. Brandt, 1931.4
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Blakelock: By the Light of the Moon

November 21, 2020 - March 14, 2021
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Forgeries, mental illness, intrigue, and rapid fame—the dramatic circumstances of Ralph Albert Blakelock’s life often overshadow the merits of his work. By the Light of the Moon will feature eight exceptional artworks by Blakelock from the museum collection. Born in 1847, his early paintings were highly detailed landscapes inspired by Hudson River School painters. After traveling to the American West and becoming familiar with Barbizon painters, Blakelock developed the atmospheric landscapes for which he is known.  Drenched in darkness and silvery moonlight, his thickly painted landscapes have a distinctive otherworldly quality. This exhibition will explore Blakelock’s body of work and how his interest in spiritualism is reflected in his artistic practice. 

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