Ralph Albert Blakelock American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

"Landscape" is typical of the large-scale woodland scenes that Blakelock painted before his confinement to a mental institution in 1899. An expansive landscape is framed by two copses of bushes and trees. Although ambitious in scale, the painting is not grandiose in effect--the panoramic vista does not show a natural wonder, dramatic weather, or even a recognizable locale. Instead, Blakelock represents a pure landscape at an indefinite time of day and explores the possibilities of color, texture, and pattern. In "Landscape," as in so many of his successful pictures, the artist transcends an observed subject to express his own personal vision.

Landscape, Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847–1919), Oil on canvas, American

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