An Indian Encampment

Ralph Albert Blakelock American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

In his early twenties, Blakelock, a native New Yorker best known for his moonlight scenes, made a trip to the West that stimulated his interest in the American wilderness and indigenous peoples. In this later painting, tiny figures of men and horses are set intimately in a rough clearing around an encampment. The coarse textures of the trees and scrubby bushes derive from Blakelock’s experimental practice of painting in thick layers that were later smoothed down with a pumice stone. This unusual technique contributed to the enigmatic mood of the artist’s work.

An Indian Encampment, Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847–1919), Oil on canvas, American

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