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The Boulder and the Flume

Artist:
Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847–1919)
Date:
1878
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
54 x 28 in. (137.2 x 71.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh J. Grant, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.212
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
This picture, probably painted in 1878, shows a renowned spot in the White Mountains of New Hampshire at Franconia Notch. Blakelock had visited the site on his honeymoon voyage. The romantic excitement of the deep cleft in the rocks and the threatening boulder so precariously lodged above the icy stream has been presented, paradoxically, with great directness and objectivity. The entire painted surface is made interesting with strong contrast of light and dark and by the alternation of smooth and roughened textures that is a characteristic technique of Blakelock's.
Signature: [at lower left]: Blakelock
Frederick S. Gibbs, New York, by 1901–1904; sale, American Art Association, New York, 24 Feb. 1904, no. 87; Hugh J. Grant, New York, 1904–1910; his wife, Julie M. Grant, 1910–1944; their children, Julia M. Grant, Edna M. Grant, and Hugh J. Grant, 1944; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh J. Grant, New York, following death of his sisters, until 1974
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