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Landscape

Artist:
Albert Pinkham Ryder (American, New Bedford, Massachusetts 1847–1917 Elmhurst, New York)
Date:
1897–98 (?)
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
9 1/2 x 14 in. (24.1 x 35.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Frederick Kuhne, 1952
Accession Number:
52.199
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
This landscape is surprisingly modern in its simplified details, flattened forms, and patterned composition. A shepherd and animals of the sort that had appeared in Ryder’s earlier, Barbizon influenced paintings are here overwhelmed by the setting’s stylized elements: a stream rushing along a rigid diagonal, sinuous hills filling the middle ground, and clouds rising in contrasting bands and culminating in undulating deep-blue shapes outlined in light. Works such as this one prompted the avant-garde painter Marsden Hartley, born thirty years after Ryder, to call him a “master of the arabesque.”
Signature: [at lower left]: Ryder
Marian Y. Bloodgood, New York, 1898–died after 1932; her nephew, Frederick Kuhne, New York, until 1952
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