Lot 39: Ralph Albert Blakelock, (American; 1847 - 1919), Indian Encampment, Oil on board, 8 3/4" x 15 3/4"
January 24, 2013
Indianapolis, IN, USALive Auction
Ralph Albert Blakelock
(American; 1847 - 1919)
Oil on board
Signed "R.A. Blakelock" LR.
Verso: "University of Nebraska-Lincoln #376"
Born in NYC on Oct. 15, 1847, the son of a prominent physician. His father offered to finance his art studies in Europe; however, at age 22 Blakelock embarked on a six-year horseback trip through the West. He lived among the Plains Indians and sketched across the Rockies and Sierra Nevada While in California, he painted scenes of Oakland, San Francisco, the redwoods, and coastal scenes. From San Francisco he journeyed south toward Mexico and then returned to NYC. He remained a self-taught artist and ultimately was elected to the National Academy. Blakelock was not successful in selling many of his paintings during his career and lived in poverty with his wife and nine children. The strain of supporting such a large family led to a mental breakdown in 1899. The remaining years of his life were spent in a mental institution in Middletown, NY. Recognition came soon after his confinement and paintings he had sold for very little were then resold for thousands. He died on Aug. 9, 1919. Exh: NAD and Society of American Artists, 1879-88; Paris Expo, 1900; PPIE, 1915; Newhouse Gallery (LA), 1927 (retrospective). In: Oakland Museum; Newark (NJ) Museum; St Louis Museum; Worcester (MA) Museum; Whitney Museum (NYC).
8 3/4" x 15 3/4"
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